Eriksonian identity development, contextual input, and girls' perceived role choices

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1999
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Franke, Jill Katharine
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Lempers, Jacques D.
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This study explored the relationship between contextual input messages, adult role responsibilities, perceived future possibilities, Eriksonian psychosocial development, knowledge of those who became adolescent mothers, and perceptions of the impact of adolescent motherhood. 105 high school-aged girls from a single urban school in a large midwestern city participated in the study. Instruments consisted of a survey that included sections on the following subjects: perceived messages about future possibilities from adults at home, favorite adult at school, favorite adult outside of school, and best girl-friend; adult role responsibilities fulfilled by the girls; knowledge of high school mothers; perceived impact of high school motherhood; likelihood of future possibilities; and the Eriksonian Psychosocial Stage Inventory (Rosenthal, 1981). Although the results of the path analysis did not support the proposed model, several correlational relationships of interest were found.
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