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ERIC Number: ED352594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Pages: 30
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Testing a Theoretical Model of Adolescent Worries.
Daniels, Judy; And Others
Adolescence is characterized by a set of dramatic physical, cognitive, and psychological changes which affect the developmental process in many ways. This study sought to develop and test the adequacy of a theoretical model of adolescent worry and to determine whether there is a relationship between adolescent demographic characteristics and the proposed model of adolescent worry. Subjects (N=605) were adolescents from two distinct regions. The first included adolescents (N=427) from a southern United States urban housing project and the second group of adolescents (N=178) were students from a high school and an intermediate school in the western United States. The Adolescent Health Survey which assesses the degree of worry adolescents may have was used; demographic data was collected. The results indicated that younger adolescents were more worried about issues related to personal and family situations in comparison to older youth. Also the female adolescents expressed significantly greater concern about their peer and family situations than did the male participants. Furthermore, the findings revealed that the Black youth surveyed expressed fewer worries about their peer and personal issues than did the Asian, Hawaiian, Native American, and White Adolescents. Collectively, these findings suggest that it may be an oversimplification to conceptualize adolescent worries within four primary domains without acknowledging the complex interaction between the unique personal characteristics of youth and the types of issues with which they are likely to be most concerned. (Contains 30 references and 4 tables.) (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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