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To examine the nature of peer pressures perceived by early adolescents, 373 students in grades 7-12 were asked to indicate, on a 12-item index, the degree and direction of peer pressures they perceived from friends and acquaintances, and to describe their personal attitudes and behavior in areas...
Waterman's (1986) contention that his views on identity, self discovery, and personal responsibility are not accurately represented by Berzonsky (1986) is examined. Two types of responsibility are distinguished: (1) being responsible for the underlying identity that is assumed to emerge...
To facilitate establishment of comprehensive health education systems for students, the responses of 600 adolescents, 99 pediatricans, 71 teachers, and 70 school nurses were compared. Major findings are that professionals, across groups, were concordant in their perceptions of all items except...
The discovery and creation metaphors of identity formation respectively, are considered within the broader contexts of vitalistic and organismic philosophic assumptions about human development. Individual responsibility and accountability, it is argued, tends to be minimal according to the...
Babysitting can be viewed as an experience that provides adolescents with opportunities to develop and practice adult role behavior. The responses to questionnaries administered to 974 subjects indicated that sitters benefited from the development of parenting skills, the experience of early...
Berzonsky (1986), in elaborating on the discovery and creation (construction) metaphors for identity formation, has not accurately represented my views on two key points: (1) the implications of the discovery metaphor regarding personal responsibility and accountability, and (2) the possibility...
The entrance into junior high school is a critical but seldom studied event in the life of the adolescent. Little has been done to prepare youths for the transition. This study evaluated a skills building approach to prepare sixth graders for the entry to junior high. The curriculum was...
Preadolescent children received instruction in conditional reasoning in two separate experiments. Both experiments utilized experiential, small group instruction incorporating a Venn diagram format and movable blocks. These experiments investigated two important elements in this previously...
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