Orientations to the future

a comparison of adolescents in Australia and Singapore

Millicent E. Poole*, George H. Cooney

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    Using an event-listing approach, this study examined the personal and societal future orientations of 15-year-old males and females in Singapore and Sydney. Three aspects were examined: content, affect, and time span. Overall, the study found that adolescents perceived their personal and societal features in separate noninterlocking planes, seeing more pleasant, proximal, personal futures, and more unpleasant, distal, societal futures, especially in relation to nuclear war and political problems. Demographic and personal construct variables influenced this general pattern of future orientation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)129-151
    Number of pages23
    JournalJournal of Youth and Adolescence
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 1987

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