Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 177–194

Changes in young adults after peace corps experiences: Political-social views, moral reasoning, and perceptions of self and parents

  • Norma Haan


A variety of changes in Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), 43 men and 34 women, are reported. Analyses were based on assessments made before and after an overseas tour of duty for political status, self and ideal-self constructions, perceptions of parents' child-rearing techniques, and moral reasoning. Comparisons with several samples of students and activists, studied earlier, indicated that initially the PCVs were a middle group politically, rather conventional personally, and family entrenched, the women more than the men. Evidence of their various but unitary shifts to political liberalization, greater intraceptiveness and self-determination, greater detachment from their parents, and increased incidence of principled moral reasoning suggests that the PCVs had undergone substantial self-redefinition.


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Norma Haan
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Human DevelopmentUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeley

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