Title

Separation-Individuation, Social Support, and Adolescent Egocentrism: An Exploratory Study

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1997

Publication Source

Journal of Early Adolescence

Volume

17

Issue

3

Inclusive pages

245-270

DOI

10.1177/0272431697017003001

Abstract

Data regarding imaginary audience (IA)and personal fable (PF) sensitivity, separation individuation concerns, and social support were collected from 100 young adolescents (a) to replicate and extend previous findings of relations among those variables, (b) to compare the predictive power of social support and separation-individuation concerns for IA and PI; and (c) to compare newly developed and traditional measures of IA and PE Overall, the results replicated those from previous studies and highlighted the importance of resolving measurement issues surrounding IA and PF: For example, the relative importance of social support as compared to separation-individuation processes differs depending on how IA is measured. The "new look" model seems to fit for a global, object-relational ideation view of I4, but not for the typical self-consciousness conceptualization of that construct. Directions for further research and suggestions for improving measures of IA and PF are discussed.

Disciplines

Psychology

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