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ERIC Number: EJ788275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Personal Homepage Construction as an Expression of Social Development
Schmitt, Kelly L.; Dayanim, Shoshana; Matthias, Stacey
Developmental Psychology, v44 n2 p496-506 Mar 2008
In 2 studies, the authors explored preadolescent and adolescent use of personal homepages in relation to mastery and identity formation. In Study 1, the authors attempted to determine the prevalence of personal homepage and online journal (blog) construction among a random sample (N = 500) of preadolescents and adolescents. Adolescents were more likely to create personal homepages or blogs than preadolescents. Creation was related to feelings of mastery, expressions of identity, and a means to socialize. In Study 2, the authors explored the relationship of homepages to mastery and identity formation by content analysis of a random sample of homepages. Results suggest children use personal homepages to express and explore their forming identities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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