ERIC Number: EJ912404
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Emerging Adults' Identity Exploration: Illustrations from inside the "Camp Bubble"
Johnson, Sara K.; Goldman, Jane A.; Garey, Anita I.; Britner, Preston A.; Weaver, Shannon E.
Journal of Adolescent Research, v26 n2 p258-295 Mar 2011
The study investigates the experiences of emerging adults who had worked as counselors at overnight summer camps; identity-related issues emerge as most salient in the analysis of in-depth interviews conducted with 12 women and 8 men from 8 camps. Their descriptions portray the identity exploration that took place within the camp context, through opportunities to try out roles and responsibilities ranging from the adult-like role model to the more child-like entertainer, and many counselors specifically remark on the role of camp experiences in their identity development. The role of camps as one type of facilitative venue for emerging adults' identity exploration is discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Recreational Activities, Adolescent Development, Role Models, Identification (Psychology), Grounded Theory, Social Environment, Subcultures, Geographic Isolation, Social Isolation, Interpersonal Competence, Conflict Resolution
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