ERIC Number: EJ959563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
Framing Health Messages for Adolescents: Should We Use Objective Time Periods, Temporal Benchmarks, or Both?
McKay, Michael T.; Cole, Jon C.; Sumnall, Harry R.; Goudie, Andrew J.
Journal of Youth Studies, v15 n3 p351-368 2012
Time perspective is a cognitive-motivational construct, which has been shown to be related to decision-making, motivation and adjustment. The majority of research into time perspective has been conducted in college students and/or general population samples. Focus groups were held as part of a larger investigation into the relationship between adolescent time perspectives and alcohol-related behaviours. Results show that adolescents conceptualise time in both objective and more abstract ways. In particular, they appear to conceptualise short-term past and future more objectively and long-term past and future in more abstract terms. Their conceptualisation of the present predominated on immediate events, although in some cases the present was an extended one, covering a school-related period of time.
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Adolescents, Time Perspective, Benchmarking, Health Education, Cognitive Processes, Motivation, Correlation, Drinking, Grounded Theory, High School Students, Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)