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Hay, I and Ashman, A, Self-concept, Encyclopedia of adolescence, Springer, Cham, RJR Levesque (ed), Cham, pp. 1-12. ISBN 978-3-319-32132-5 (2017) [Revised Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-32132-5_281-2


Adolescence is a time of significant physical and emotional change. One of the key themes of research into adolescence is how self-identity and social relationships change during this period and how parents, peers, and significant others influence the identity, actions, behaviors, and outcomes for adolescents (Carroll et al. 2009; Moni and Hay 2014). With the onset of puberty comes cognitive, physical, and sexual maturity that can produce psychosocial tensions and uncertainties. These are reflected in all aspects of the young personís life including relationships with parents, authority figures, teachers, and same- and opposite-sex peers. All of these factors can create and nurture changes and at times doubts about oneís self-identity and how one is perceived by others and how one perceives oneís self. This essay focuses on adolescentsí self-concept and its development within a theoretical framework that argues that a positive self-identify during adolescence is an important protective and emotional resilience factor that can help moderate risk factors in adolescentsí homes, schools, and communities. Although self-concept is a relatively stable variable it can be modified through feedback, reflective thinking, cognitive reframing, and positive therapeutic relationships (Carr 2015).

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Item Type:Revised Book Chapter
Keywords:self-concept, development, adolescence
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational counselling
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hay, I (Professor Ian Hay)
ID Code:120142
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-08-11
Last Modified:2018-06-08
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