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ERIC Number: EJ883406
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 78
ISSN: ISSN-1050-8392
Adolescent Secretive Behavior: African American and Hmong Adolescents' Strategies and Justifications for Managing Parents' Knowledge about Peers
Bakken, Jeremy P.; Brown, B. Bradford
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v20 n2 p359-388 Jun 2010
Drawing upon the expectancy violation-realignment theory of autonomy development, this qualitative study examined African American and Hmong adolescent autonomy-seeking behaviors and parent-child communication about activities and relationships with peers. Twenty-two African American and 11 Hmong adolescents in grades 6-12 and 14 African American and 8 Hmong primary caregivers were interviewed. Participants discussed their perspectives on adolescent information management regarding activities with friends. Four categories of information management strategies and four primary types of adolescent justifications were identified. Adolescents were pragmatic in their decisions about secretive behaviors but also considered the impact of their behaviors on their relationships with parents. Adolescent strategies were consistent across ethnic groups, whereas justifications for secretive behaviors were embedded within cultural and family experiences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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