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Adolescent egocentrism: a comparison among adolescents and adults.

Authors
  • Frankenberger, K D
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of adolescence
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2000
Volume
23
Issue
3
Pages
343–354
Identifiers
PMID: 10837112
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Reformulation of adolescent egocentrism suggests that personal fable and imaginary audience ideations extend into adulthood. To test this proposition, adolescents (aged 14-18) and adults (aged 20-89) completed subscales of the adolescent egocentrism, self-consciousness and interpersonal reactivity scales. An across scale comparison first ensured that adolescent egocentrism measures were comparable across age. Next, MANOVAs revealed higher egocentrism scores for adolescents vs. adults (p<0.05), but no difference between adolescents and younger (19-30) adults after splitting adults into younger (19-30), middle (31-59) and older (60+) subgroups. Results suggest that personal fable and imaginary audience are not confined to adolescence.

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