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ERIC Number: ED313980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 20
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Adult Life Roles: An Empirical Analysis of a Multifaceted Approach to Adult Development. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Hughes, Julie; Graham, Steve
A multifaceted approach to adult development was empirically tested with 449 adult students enrolled in a large metropolitan community college system in the midwest. This approach suggests that most adults assume multiple life roles (relationship with self, with work, with others, and with family). The Adult Life Roles Instrument was designed to assess the multifaceted approach and to test the hypothesis that adult development is variable across active life roles. Tasks were selected and grouped according to the common roles present in the adult life cycle, and adult life task statements were categorized into four phases (initiation, adaptation, reassessment, and reconciliation). Results indicated the following: adults perceive themselves in various phases of their active life roles; most adults report a significant amount of diversity; 40% of those who are engaged in all six roles place themselves in all four phases; those involved in fewer than six life roles respond in much the same manner as those involved in all six roles; adult development can be viewed as a dynamic process dependent upon separate aspects of one's life; and there are few variations between genders. Tables are included. Contains 24 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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