ERIC Number: ED395251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Identifying Adolescent Strategies.
Wiens, Gregory A.; Dziuban, Charles D.
The difficulty in understanding adolescent behavior often causes adults to react in unhealthy ways, leading to the deterioration of adult-child relationships. The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of scaling constructs which adolescents use in their daily coping; constructs which can be understood, administered, and interpreted by parents and educators. These constructs were: (1) personality type, (2) intellect, (3) education, (4) character, (5) sophistication, and (6) rate of maturity. These components work independently as well as interact with each other. Presentations, training, and follow-up interviews were used to determine the usefulness of the construct model, as well as the "LASA" instrument devised in order to examine the components of adolescent behavior. Adults were found to be eager for help in understanding their student or child. The model as presented gave them insights into understanding, while the instrument gave them a tool to begin to apply that understanding in a specific adolescent's life. The "LASA" instrument appears to be useful as an heuristic test, that is, one that promotes discussion between adults and adolescents on the behavior of both. Contains 19 references and 21 tables of data and statistical analysis. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).