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ERIC Number: ED270657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-18
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Adolescent Alienation: Assessment and Application.
Fetro, Joyce V.
Adolescents struggle to establish their own identities and become independent in making the transition from childhood to adulthood. Adolescent alienation can result from changes in family structure from traditional two-parent families to one-parent families, decreased family stability, increased mobility of society, population increases, dehumanization of the individual, increased adolescent unemployment, and new standards of sexual behavior. Truancy, dropout, pregnancy, and suicide rates have increased for teenagers. This study attempts to develop a valid and reliable instrument to measure three components of alienation: social isolation, powerlessness, and normlessness in young adolescents ages 10-14. After a literature review, examination of existing instruments, input from middle school personnel, and content validity testing, a 30-item instrument was created. Reliability was established in a two-phase study using 477 middle school students in Massachusetts. The instrument included statements such as "My future does not look good" and "When I need help, I can find someone to help me." A measure of alienation could have practical applications to educators, school psychologists, school social workers, administrators, and parents by allowing them to identify socially alienated students and then to help those students. A three-page list of references is included. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A