- The adolescent as decision-maker: Applications to development and education
Author: Worell, J., & Danner, F. (Eds. )
Publisher: San Diego: Academic Press
ABSTRACT: This book represents the third in a series of reviews relating current theory and research in human development to educational practice... The present volume extends the reviews of development within educational contexts to a consideration of the adolescent years, approximately twelve through eighteen. The focus of each chapter is on an important aspect of adolescence, summarizing relevant theory and research from approximately the past decade. Each chapter then considers the relevance of this review for applications to teacher behavior, instructional design, curriculum management, school administration, and educational policy. The text is most appropriate for upper undergraduate or graduate courses in psychology, human development, educational psychology, and the secondary school curriculum. The target audience is expected to have a background in both psychology and education, and to be familiar with the basic concepts and principles in learning and human development.
- Teach your child decision making: An effective, eight-step program for parents to teach children of all ages to solve everyday problems and make sound decisions
Author: Clabby, J. F., & Elias, M. J.
Publisher: New York: Doubleday
- How to talk to teens about really important things
Author: Schaefer, C. E., & DiGeronimo, T. F.
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, San Francisco
- Adolescent decision making: The influence of mood, age, and gender on the consideration of information
Author: Ganzel, A. K.
Journal: Journal of Adolescent Research Volume: 14
ABSTRACT: Examined the impact of mood, age, and gender on decision processes of adolescents and adults. 122 Ss aged 12-18 yrs and 39 adults aged 21-46 yrs old completed a computer-administered decision task (choosing a part-time job). Each job varied on eight categories of information. Positive, neutral, and negative moods were induced; participants then used the computer to review information about the jobs. The computer recorded the amount of time spent viewing each piece of information, categories that were discarded, and the sequence of these views. Type of information processing (careful vs superficial) was affected by mood, but only for females, who discarded more information and took longer to decide in negative vs positive or neutral moods. Age affected participants' estimates of the probability of obtaining their desired job and predecision search strategy: Junior high females were more pessimistic about their chances, and adults used more sophisticated decision strategies.
- Adolescents' psychosocial maturity, problem behavior, and subjective age: In search of the adultoid
Author: Galambos, N. L., & Tilton-Weaver, L. C.
Journal: Applied Developmental Science Volume: 4
ABSTRACT: The objectives of this study were to seek empirical confirmation for the existence of a group of adolescents whose maturity status could be labeled as adultoid, and to identify psychosocial correlates of adolescents' maturity status. Cluster analysis of questionnaire data from 209 predominantly White adolescents (10-18 yrs old) in working- and middle-class 2 parent families identified 3 maturity status groups: adultoids (low psychosocial maturity, high problem behavior, older subjective age); matures (high psychosocial maturity, low problem behavior, slightly older subjective age); and immatures (low psychosocial maturity, low problem behavior, young subjective age). Regressions revealed that several adolescent- and mother-reported variables were linked to maturity status. Relative to their mature and immature counterparts, adultoid adolescents exhibited more advanced physical maturity, earlier expectations for attaining privileges, higher social involvement, and in boys, higher mother-adolescent conflict. Adultoid adolescents do exist, and they differ from mature and immature adolescents in important ways. These results have implications for understanding the diversity in adolescents' level of maturity.