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Origins of adolescents' ideal self: An intergenerational perspective

Zentner, M. and Renaud, O. (2007) Origins of adolescents' ideal self: An intergenerational perspective. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92 (3). pp. 557-574. ISSN 0022-3514

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The present longitudinal study traced the ideal self of 120 adolescents to the ideals that parents hold for themselves and for their children. Ideals were assessed using Q sorts for personality attributes and life goals. After permutation analysis was used to control for random similarity, moderate parent-child ideal-self similarity was evident. Three intermediate transmission steps accounted for this intergenerational similarity: (a) transfer of parents' ideal self to ideals for their children, (b) children's perception, and (c) acceptance of these parental ideals. The last 2 processes related to parenting practices, with parental warmth augmenting parent-child concordance and restrictiveness reducing it. Compared with boys' ideal self, that of girls was more similar to the ideals that parents hold for their children and for themselves. Analyses of patterns over time suggested a growth of ideal-self stability across adolescence.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Psychology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2009 12:56
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2009 12:56
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.92.3.557
Status: Published
Publisher: Apa American Psychological Association
Identification Number: 10.1037/0022-3514.92.3.557
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6809

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