ERIC Number: ED448911
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Coping Patterns in Adolescent Decision-Making: The Deliberation-Resolution Approach.
Friedman, Isaac A.
The deliberation-resolution approach was used to study how adolescents cope with decision making. Deliberation involves identifying the problem, then exploring it, and developing a range of alternative solutions. Resolution means a clear, stable choice of one of the options with contingency plans should these be needed. Decision-making workshops and two empirical studies identified four principal decision-making patterns used by adolescents: (1) thoughtful determination; (2) vacillation; (3) shallowness; and (4) avoidance. It was found that thoughtful determination was reported as the most common coping pattern. It was also found that only 44 percent of the high school students reported that they felt experienced enough in making decisions, although some 60 percent of them reported that they felt confident enough to do so. Statistically significant and meaningful correlations were found between the adolescents' sense of confidence and thoughtful determination. Negative correlations were found between sense of confidence, experience in making decisions, vacillation, and shallowness. Suggestions for improving adolescent decision making were developed. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).