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Cross-Cultural Study of Adolescent Identity Formation and Autonomy within the Context of Parent-Adolescent Relationships

Title: Cross-Cultural Study of Adolescent Identity Formation and Autonomy within the Context of Parent-Adolescent Relationships.
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Name(s): Graf, Shruti Chatterjee, author
Mullis, Ronald L., professor directing dissertation
Mazza, Nicholas, outside committee member
Mullis, Ann K., committee member
Kamata, Akihito, committee member
Department of Family and Child Sciences, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2003
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The primary purpose of this study was to examine the differences in adolescent identity formation and autonomy within and across two cultures. In addition, this study also investigated the influences of age and gender on identity formation and autonomy within the context of parent-adolescent relationships. The participants were comprised of 200 Asian Indian and 234 U.S. American adolescents between ages 13 and 18. This study employed a nonexperimental questionnaire-based research design. The findings revealed significant correlations between parent-adolescent relationships and adolescent identity formation. Adolescents' autonomous qualities were also significantly associated with adolescents' perceptions of their relationship with their parents. Multivariate analyses of covariance demonstrated younger Asian Indian adolescents as more foreclosed than older adolescents in India. However, age did not feature as a significant predictor of identity formation in U.S. American adolescents. Additionally, age did not emerge as a significant predictor of autonomy in adolescence. With regards gender differences, adolescent males in India as well as in the U.S. were more foreclosed than adolescent females. Further, in the U.S.A. but, not in India, adolescent males displayed greater deidealization than did adolescent females. Cross-culturally, Asian Indian and U.S. American adolescents did not significantly differ on the identity achievement status. But, adolescents in India scored significantly higher than did U.S. American adolescents on all the other domains of identity formation. Similarly, Asian Indian adolescents demonstrated higher levels of autonomy than did adolescents in the U.S.A. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4076 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Family and Child Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2003.
Date of Defense: June 18, 2003.
Keywords: Adolescent Identity Formation And Autonomy
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Ronald L. Mullis, Professor Directing Dissertation; Nicholas Mazza, Outside Committee Member; Ann K. Mullis, Committee Member; Akihito Kamata, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Sociology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-4076
Owner Institution: FSU

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Graf, S. C. (2003). Cross-Cultural Study of Adolescent Identity Formation and Autonomy within the Context of Parent-Adolescent Relationships. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-4076