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ERIC Number: EJ805444
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
Balancing Acts: Adolescents' and Mothers' Friendship Projects
Marshall, Sheila K.; Young, Richard A.; Tilton-Weaver, Lauree C.
Journal of Adolescent Research, v23 n5 p544-565 2008
This investigation describes the joint goal-directed series of actions, or joint friendship projects, of 19 mothers and their adolescents. Data were collected through videotaped conversations, video recall interviews, and self-report logs collected over an 8-month period. Qualitative analysis of the data revealed joint projects characterized by the pursuit of competing priorities. Efforts to balance competing priorities are described as three forms of balancing acts: (a) organizing time for friendships and responsibilities, (b) adolescent independence with friends while ensuring physical safety, and (c) balancing inclusion in the peer context and the risk of physical and emotional harm from friends and peers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada