Exploring adolescent self-defining leisure activities and identity experiences across three countries

Title:
Exploring adolescent self-defining leisure activities and identity experiences across three countries
Authors:
Coatsworth, J. Douglas; Sharp, Erin Hiley; Palen, Lori-Ann; Darling, Nancy ( 0000-0003-3271-8132 ) ; Cumsille, Patricio; Marta, Elena
Abstract:
The developmental processes of identity exploration and formation in adolescence often take place within the context of leisure activities. The discovery model of identity formation proposes that these processes are reflected in part by adolescents' subjective identity-related experiences including personal expressiveness, flow, and goal-directed behaviour (Waterman, 1990, 1993). This model, however, has not been tested with cross-national samples. The purpose of this study was to examine the applicability of this general model of identity-related experiences within self-defining activities for a sample of 493 adolescents from the United States, Chile, and Italy. Confirmatory analyses of a three-factor model showed strong invariance across countries. Findings indicated that most adolescents reported high levels of identity experiences within self-defining activities. Results from Multivariate Analyses of Variance indicated considerable commonalities and a few significant differences in these experiences across the three countries and across five broad activity classes. Findings are discussed in the context of the growing literature on adolescent activity involvement and the relation of activities to identity exploration.
Citation:
Coatsworth, J. Douglas, Erin Hiley Sharp, Lori-Ann Palen, et al. 2005. "Exploring adolescent self-defining leisure activities and identity experiences across three countries." International Journal of Behavioral Development 29(5): 361-370.
Publisher:
SAGE Publications / International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development
DATE ISSUED:
2005-01-01
Department:
Psychology
Type:
Article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1080/01650250500166972
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/601147

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dc.contributor.authorCoatsworth, J. Douglasen
dc.contributor.authorSharp, Erin Hileyen
dc.contributor.authorPalen, Lori-Annen
dc.contributor.authorDarling, Nancyen
dc.contributor.authorCumsille, Patricioen
dc.contributor.authorMarta, Elenaen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-10T19:27:34Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-10T19:27:34Zen
dc.date.issued2005-01-01en
dc.identifier.citationCoatsworth, J. Douglas, Erin Hiley Sharp, Lori-Ann Palen, et al. 2005. "Exploring adolescent self-defining leisure activities and identity experiences across three countries." International Journal of Behavioral Development 29(5): 361-370.en
dc.identifier.issn0165-0254en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/601147en
dc.description.abstractThe developmental processes of identity exploration and formation in adolescence often take place within the context of leisure activities. The discovery model of identity formation proposes that these processes are reflected in part by adolescents' subjective identity-related experiences including personal expressiveness, flow, and goal-directed behaviour (Waterman, 1990, 1993). This model, however, has not been tested with cross-national samples. The purpose of this study was to examine the applicability of this general model of identity-related experiences within self-defining activities for a sample of 493 adolescents from the United States, Chile, and Italy. Confirmatory analyses of a three-factor model showed strong invariance across countries. Findings indicated that most adolescents reported high levels of identity experiences within self-defining activities. Results from Multivariate Analyses of Variance indicated considerable commonalities and a few significant differences in these experiences across the three countries and across five broad activity classes. Findings are discussed in the context of the growing literature on adolescent activity involvement and the relation of activities to identity exploration.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherSAGE Publications / International Society for the Study of Behavioural Developmenten
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/01650250500166972en
dc.subject.departmentPsychologyen_US
dc.titleExploring adolescent self-defining leisure activities and identity experiences across three countriesen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Behavioral Developmenten
dc.identifier.volume29en_US
dc.identifier.issue5en_US
dc.identifier.startpage361en_US
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to International Journal of Behavioral Developmenten
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