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ERIC Number: EJ1063724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0165-0254
Anticipating Their Future: Adolescent Values for the Future Predict Adult Behaviors
Finlay, Andrea K.; Wray-Lake, Laura; Warren, Michael; Maggs, Jennifer
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v39 n4 p359-367 Jul 2015
Adolescent future values--beliefs about what will matter to them in the future--may shape their adult behavior. Utilizing a national longitudinal British sample, this study examined whether adolescent future values in six domains (i.e., family responsibility, full-time job, personal responsibility, autonomy, civic responsibility, and hedonistic privilege) predicted adult social roles, civic behaviors, and alcohol use. Future values positively predicted behaviors within the same domain; fewer cross-domain associations were evident. Civic responsibility positively predicted adult civic behaviors, but negatively predicted having children. Hedonistic privilege positively predicted adult alcohol use and negatively predicted civic behaviors. Results suggest that attention should be paid to how adolescents are thinking about their futures due to the associated links with long-term social and health behaviors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH); US Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D); US Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
Grant or Contract Numbers: AA019606