ERIC Number: ED250096
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Adolescent Thinking: Self-Concept, Relationships and Punk. Unit for Child Studies. Selected Papers Number 28.
Beginning with the principle that self-concept and self-esteem are learned, this paper describes the adolescent self and its social concomitants. The depiction of adolescence emphasizes adolescents' ability to think abstractly and their knowledge of the mind's ability to process, direct, and manipulate experience. In contrast with the "radical empiricist" younger child, the adolescent is seen as a "psychological clinician." This "clinician" includes social personality characteristics in his or her conceptualization of self, learns to integrate diverse elements of the self, and knows the self in relation to others and to social conventions. It is acknowledged that, while adolescents are introspective and self-analytical, they may sometimes experience painful self-consciousness and engage in histrionics. The discussion very briefly considers factors influencing and influenced by the development of social competency and self-esteem. Changes in self-esteem are explored, with emphasis being given to the principles that (1) motivation for maintaining and improving self-esteem is ever-present, and (2) the self-concept develops in a social context. Implications of these principles for improving self-esteem and countering effects of unemployment are pointed out. Also discussed are the way adolescents think about problems of adolescents, such as early pregnancy and drug abuse, and the relationship of low self-esteem and school absenteeism. Concluding remarks explore the topic of subcultures and adolescent identity. Included in the discussion is a brief description of the punk rock subcultures of Great Britain, Australia, and Los Angeles. (RH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Univ., Kensington (Australia). School of Education.
Identifiers: Australia (New South Wales); Developmental Patterns; Punk Rock