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ERIC Number: EJ876781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1325
Self-Reflecting in Developmental Context: Variations in Level and Patterning during the First 2 University Years
Bell, Nancy J.; Wieling, Elizabeth; Watson, Wendy
Journal of Genetic Psychology, v165 n4 p451-465 Dec 2004
Self-reflection, typically operationalized in scales of egocentrism and introspectiveness, is portrayed as problematic in much of the literature on adolescents. Self-reflection has been linked to dysfunctional self-consciousness, symptomatology, and risk behaviors. Yet, self-reflection also is seen as essential for adolescent development, particularly with respect to individuation and identity. In this exploratory study, the authors focused on the process of self-reflecting. From interviews with 10 students conducted over the first 2 university years, the authors longitudinally assessed and then evaluated self-reflecting patterns in relationship to a narrative analysis of developmental change. Students who showed evidence of developmental change or sustained engagement in developmental work over the study period devoted a higher percentage of their interview conversation to self-reflecting content. Differences in self-reflecting patterning over time among the students who showed developmental change further suggest linkages between self-reflecting and development. The authors discuss implications for the conceptualization of self-reflecting in relationship to development and for the reinterpretation of previous studies. (Contains 2 notes, 2 tables, and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas