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The development of adolescents' emotional stability and general self-concept: the interplay of parents, peers and gender

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Hay, I and Ashman, A, The development of adolescents' emotional stability and general self-concept: the interplay of parents, peers and gender, International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 50, (1) pp. 77-91. ISSN 1034-912X (2003) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1080/1034912032000053359

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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education Systems
Research Field:Continuing and Community Education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and Learning
Objective Field:Learner Development
Author:Hay, I (Professor Ian Hay)
ID Code:60794
Year Published:2003
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2010-02-18
Last Modified:2010-06-18
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