Personality and Social Psychology, Ghent The aim of this study was to look for possible gender differences in self-evaluation in adolescence, young adulthood, and full adulthood. Subjects were interviewed at three stages: in adolescence, 8 years, and 15 years later. Hypotheses were: (a) The connection between selfevaluation in adolescence and in adulthood is stronger in girls than in boys. However, for both boys and girls there is a strong connection between young adulthood and full adulthood (\"the selfevaluation-triad\" hypothesis); (b) The \"schooling\" factor has a different effect on the self-evaluation triad for boys and girls. Results showed that different psychosocial developmental pathways apply to boys and girls. Also, working girls with a negative self-evaluation in adolescence were more vulnerable to negative self-evaluation in adulthood. Keywords: longitudinal research, developmental pathways, gender differences, adolescence, lifespan, self-evaluation, Belgium Correspondence: Professor Leni Verhofstadt-Deneve, PhD, Ghent University, Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology, Henri Dunantlaan 2 B, 9000 Ghent, Belgium. Tel: ++32(0)9 2646414 or ++32 (0)475 463006; Fax: ++32(0)9 2646499. E-mail: leni.deneve@ UGent.be Submitted: December 11, 2002. Revised: January 24, 2003. Accepted: January 25, 2003. INTRODUCTION The underlying idea in longitudinal studies is that the development from childhood to adulthood is guided
International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health – de Gruyter
Published: Apr 1, 2003
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