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ERIC Number: EJ1019955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0044-118X
Chilean Adolescents' and Parents' Views on Autonomy Development
Martínez, M. Loreto; Pérez, J. Carola; Cumsille, Patricio
Youth & Society, v46 n2 p176-200 Mar 2014
This study aims to understand Chilean parents' and adolescents' conceptions of autonomy and whether they hold different expectations for autonomous behaviors by generation and socioeconomic level. A qualitative approach to data collection was used through separate focus groups of parents and adolescents from different socioeconomic condition. Substantial similarities in parents' and adolescents' conceptions of autonomy were found. Both generations conceive autonomy as multidimensional (i.e., self-sufficiency, decision making, and acting responsibly) and as an age-graded process that is achieved in interaction with parents. Participants emphasize the affective quality of the parent--adolescent relationship, particularly trust, for healthy autonomy achievement. Differences by socioeconomic status (SES) were also apparent in that low-middle-SES parents emphasize the self-sufficiency and responsibility component of autonomy, and adolescents grant more authority to parents in regulating adolescents' behavior compared with their high-middle-SES counterparts.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 9; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Chile
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