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ERIC Number: EJ935697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1050-8392
When My Mom Was a Little Girl...: Gender Differences in Adolescents' Intergenerational and Personal Stories
Zaman, Widaad; Fivush, Robyn
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v21 n3 p703-716 Sep 2011
Narratives about parents may help adolescents navigate their own experiences. Yet, research has not examined what adolescents know about their intergenerational past. Sixty-five 14- to 16-year-old middle-class, racially diverse adolescents narrated two stories about each parent's childhood, and 2 positive personal stories. Narratives were coded for structure (length, elaboration), theme (affiliation, achievement), and internal states. Mothers' stories were more elaborative, affiliative, and emotionally rich than fathers', which were more achievement focused. Girls' personal narratives were longer, more elaborative, and more emotionally rich than boys' and resembled narratives about mothers but not fathers. Adolescents may be narrating parents' experiences through gendered lens of the parent but personal experiences through their own gendered lens. Implications of intergenerational narratives for adolescent identity are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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