Decision-making competence and self-esteem: a comparison of parents and adolescents

Jacob E. Brown, Leon Mann

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This study examined the relationship between parents' and adolescents' confidence and competence in making decisions. Data were obtained from a survey sample of 584 adolescents, aged 12-18 years living in Adelaide, South Australia. Data were obtained from a sample of 352 parents of the adolescents by means of a mail survey. Parents' decision-making self-esteem was related to the self-esteem of young adolescents. The relationship was stronger for males than females. There was a relationship between mothers' decision-making competence and the competence of young female adolescents. Thus, partial support was provided for modelling theory in regard to the role of parents in the socialization of decision-making skills and confidence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-371
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1991
Externally publishedYes


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