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ERIC Number: ED069407
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
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Developmental Aspects of Temporal Orientation in Adolescents.
Webb, James T.; Mayers, Barbara S.
Developmental influences on temporal perspective is investigated. Objectives of the study were to clarify whether temporal perspective develops in a continuous or discontinuous fashion and to determine sex differences in relation to temporal perspective during adolescence. The study included 20 boys and 20 girls in each of four age groups: 9 & 10; 12 & 13; 15 & 16; and 18 & 19. Subjects took the Time Reference Inventory in their usual classroom setting. This measures the mean number of years Ss project thoughts into the future and into the past, and a single orientation measure. Results indicate that sex differences should be replicated before considered significant. Age differences, however, were more reliable. Younger adolescents projected their thoughts more into the future than older adolescents, presenting a J shaped curve with increasing age. The same condition occurred for the single orientation measure. Conclusions are that future extension is a more reliable variable than past extension; sex differences are minimal; and anxiety is probably an important factor in orientation. (Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.) (DJ)
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