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Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 25–31 | Cite as

Adolescent egocentrism: Exploration into possible contributions of parent-child relations

  • Gerald R. Adams
  • Randy M. Jones
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Abstract

A family relations model for the study of adolescent egocentrism was tested in an exploratory study of the relationship between parental socialization styles and adolescents' imaginary audience behavior. A sample of adolescent boys (n=58) and girls (n=57) responded to Heilbrun's Parent-Child Interaction Rating Scale and Schaefer's Parent-Behavior Inventory and completed Elkind and Bowen's Imaginary Audience Scale. As hypothesized, rejection-control was associated with increased imaginary audience behavior, while physical affect was negatively related to self-consciousness. Sex differences were noted, with rejection-control being most important in predicting self-consciousness for boys and physical affect being the best predictor of girls' egocentrism behavior. The data provide an alternative model to a cognitive developmental perspective of adolescent egocentrism development.

Keywords

Alternative Model Exploratory Study Relation Model Family Relation Interaction Rate 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald R. Adams
    • 1
  • Randy M. Jones
    • 2
  1. 1.Utah State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of ArizonaUSA

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