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Title: The Development of Adolescents' Emotional Stability and General Self-Concept: the interplay of parents, peers, and gender
Contributor(s): Hay, I (author); Ashman, AF (author)
Publication Date: 2003
DOI: 10.1080/1034912032000053359
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Abstract: Gender differences associated with the development of adolescents' sense of general self-concept (confidence and self-worth) and emotional stability (calmness, freedom from anxiety, and depression) were investigated using a sample of 655 adolescents (mean age 16 years). Relationships with parents were important for males' emotional stability but not females' and so this finding challenges the belief that adolescent males are more concerned with establishing independence from parents than females. The research also challenges the notion that adolescent boys are less interested in close personal peer relationships than girls. Same sex and opposite sex peer relationships were more influential in the formation of adolescents' emotional stability than parental relationships. A reciprocal relationship was revealed between general self-concept and emotional stability. Comparing these results with results obtained on the same students 18 months previously (aged 14.5 years), demonstrates that adolescents increasingly transfer their emotional attachment from parents to peers in a process called individuation.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International journal of disability, development and education, 50(1), p. 77-91
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Place of Publication: New York
ISSN: 1034-912X
Field of Research (FOR): 130305 Educational Counselling
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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