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ERIC Number: ED314692
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Turning Point Values of Adolescent Females.
Seltzer, Vivian Center
While the literature reveals interpersonal relations important to females, little specific data is available on values of adolescent females. Social comparison research reveals that when objective measures are unavailable to set standards, individuals compare traits and abilities with similar others. This tendency is more pronounced in periods of uncertainty. To determine which values prevail during the uncertain adolescent stage when adolescents strive to individuate, gain emotional independence, and achieve psychosocial identity the Attribute Interest Form was developed and administered to 357 adolescent females from randomly selected classes of grades 9 through 12 in eastern Ohio high schools. For gender comparisons, the same instrument was administered to 343 males. For both sexes findings confirmed predictions of high interest in one another's attributes. As predicted, findings disclosed females as more interested in relationship attributes than males, supporting existing literature. Males were more concerned with possessions and skills. These findings imply that the high energy expended by females in interpersonal relating leaves less available energy for instrumental goal seeking and translates to a disadvantaged position vis a vis males whose interests are closer to "market place" values. More research on identifying the impact of societal and interpersonal influences on females in this critical period is endorsed. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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