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The life space and socialization of the self: Sex differences in the young adolescent.

Authors
  • Richards, M H
  • Larson, R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of youth and adolescence
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1989
Volume
18
Issue
6
Pages
617–626
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/BF02139077
PMID: 24272129
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In this conclusion we examine the implications of the special issue findings for the development of the self. We discuss how well the young adolescent experiences in schoolwork, maintenance, talk, and leisure provide bases for an evolving adjstment to the adult roles of work, love, and play. Gender differences clearly emerged in the experience of daily life; children entered adolescence with differences in how time is experienced already firmly established, and by midadolescence these differences were intensifying. Our data support the three heuristics of "communion versus agency," "gender intensification," and the "public versus private dichotomy." Concern is raised as to the viability of traditional sex role socialization when adult roles may demand more egalitarian behavior.

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