Adolescents talking about personal responsibility
The role of personal responsibility in the lives of adolescents remains a largely overlooked area in the psychological and educational fields. The present study utilised focus groups with 20 white, middle-class adolescents to examine how they understand and integrate the notion of personal responsibility into their lives. Key themes including awareness of thoughts and feelings, behavioural choices and control, and consideration of consequences were identified as important components of the personal responsibility variable. Interesting gender differences were found with females and males identifying different emotions as those within and outside their control and females only identifying concern for the feelings of others as a major factor in decision making. The key themes served to generate parameters around which to enclose the personal responsibility variable.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see hypertext link).|
|Keywords:||Personal Responsibility, adolescence, moral development, cognitive development, choices, behaviour, consequences|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Learning Sciences (130309)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2007 University of South Australia|
|Deposited On:||14 Nov 2007|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:33|
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