Personal Responsibility and the Role of Self-Identity in Adolescents; A Female Regional Australian Perspective

Watson, Krystal and Van Der Laan, Luke ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2275-8974 and Imran, Sophia (2021) Personal Responsibility and the Role of Self-Identity in Adolescents; A Female Regional Australian Perspective. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 11 (9). pp. 14-23. ISSN 2220-8488


Abstract

Adolescence and the transition into adulthood present numerous challenges for the individual experiencing it, their peers, and society generally. Personal responsibility has been established as an important consideration of adolescent development as it equips youth to gain greater control over their behaviour, emotions and thinking. In particular, the development of personal responsibility during adolescence remains an important area of research in the fields of psychology and education. What is less known is the relationship between female adolescents’ self-identity and their personal responsibility. This paper presents the findings of an exploratory study investigating female adolescent perspectives of self-identity, personal responsibility and the possible relationship between them in a regional Australian context. Primary data was collected using focus group discussions with female secondary school students in Year 9 and Year 10. The results confirmed the definitional dimensions of the constructs of self-identity and personal responsibility as reported in the literature. Key findings concur with the research propositions that self-identity is positively related to and influences personal responsibility. The relationship is more complex and reciprocal than first understood. The results suggest that rather than a unidirectional relationship between the constructs, each construct influences the other. Peer relations were also found to have a notable influence on the relationship between self-identity and personal responsibility.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 16 May 2022 04:26
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 00:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescent perspectives; behavioural choices; female; peer relations; personal responsibility; self-identity
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390406 Gender, sexuality and education
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520102 Educational psychology
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.30845/ijhss.v11n9p2
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/46929

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