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ERIC Number: EJ976213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1050-8392
Situations in Which I Was Wise: Autobiographical Wisdom Memories of Children and Adolescents
Konig, Susanne; Gluck, Judith
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v22 n3 p512-525 Sep 2012
Previous studies with adults have shown that age has an important influence on laypeople's wisdom theories. However, children's and adolescents' understanding of the concept of wisdom has hardly been investigated. In the current study, 80 children and adolescents completed a questionnaire concerning an event where they had been wise and an event where another person acted wisely. Most participants reported difficult life situations such as conflicts or accidents. In describing their wisdom, they focused on being empathic and supportive, which is likely related to their predominant developmental tasks. The persons described as wise were on average 29 years old. Contrary to expectations more females than men were described as wise. As expected, wisdom descriptions differed somewhat by gender and age group. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 8
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria