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ERIC Number: EJ762657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
Influence of Appalachian Fatalism on Adolescent Identity Processes
Phillips, Tommy M.
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v99 n2 p11-15 2007
The influences of the fatalism frequently associated with Appalachian culture on adolescent identity processes were explored. The sample consisted of 91 Appalachian adolescents and 87 non-Appalachian adolescents. Participants completed measures of fatalism (operationalized in terms of higher hopelessness and lower optimism/efficacy scores) and Berzonsky's identity styles (information, normative, diffuse-avoidant). Findings indicated an association between fatalism and the diffuse-avoidant identity style. At the same time, Appalachian participants were found to be more fatalistic and to have a higher mean diffuse-avoidant score than the non-Appalachian participants. Analyses also revealed a significant gender difference in identity style. Implications for family and consumer sciences professionals are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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