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ERIC Number: ED283601
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Projected Attachments and Self-Concept Development during Adolescence.
Adams-Price, Carolyn; Greene, A. L.
Incorporating Elkind's (1979) construct of the personal fable, this investigation focused on the relationship between self-concept and projected attachments to a distant object (i.e., a favorite celebrity). In a repeated measures design, 79 male and female 5th, 8th, and 11th graders and college sophomores completed a set of personality scales, first describing themselves and later describing the favorite celebrity. Repeated measures MANOVAS of self-object congruence revealed no significant main or interaction effects for the type of attachment projected (i.e., identificatory versus romantic), sex or age of subject, or sex of attachment object. Significant within-subject differences were obtained for the repeated measures factor 'self/object congruence,' indicating a significant divergence in the perception of self and the attachment object. Although different types of attachment were projected by males and females, these data suggest that the functions served by such attachments may be quite similar. Findings are discussed in light of Erikson's (1950) description of the function of romantic attachments during adolescence, particularly for adolescent females, and Gilligan's (1982) distinction between "masculine" and "feminine" definitions of self. (Author/RH)
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