Personal responsibility and the role of self-identity in adolescents: a female regional Queensland perspective

Masters Thesis


Watson, Krystal. 2021. Personal responsibility and the role of self-identity in adolescents: a female regional Queensland perspective. Masters Thesis Master of Professional Studies (Research). University of Southern Queensland. https://doi.org/10.26192/q6x0q
Title

Personal responsibility and the role of self-identity in adolescents: a female regional Queensland perspective

TypeMasters Thesis
Authors
AuthorWatson, Krystal
Supervisor
1. FirstProf Luke van der Laan
2. SecondDr Sophia Imran
2. SecondDr Nicole Brownlie
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameMaster of Professional Studies (Research)
Number of Pages111
Year2021
PublisherUniversity of Southern Queensland
Place of PublicationAustralia
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.26192/q6x0q
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 in a regional Queensland setting.

Research shows that adolescence is known as a time of exploration and decision-making. Therefore, it has been proposed by the researcher that a deeper understanding surrounding the personal development of female adolescents in a Queensland regional setting is required, especially as it relates to self-identity and personal responsibility. This study addresses the gap in professional practice and literature surrounding the relationship between self-identity and personal responsibility based on current definitions of the concepts.

This thesis 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 Queensland all-girls private secondary school context. Primary data was collected using semi-structured focus group interviews.

The results confirmed the definitional dimensions of the concepts of self-identity and personal responsibility. Key findings concur with the study’s propositions that self-identity is positively related to and influences personal responsibility. The emerging themes provided deeper understanding and insights into this relationship. However, the relationship is more complex and reciprocal than first understood. Further, the themes emerging from the analysis suggest that rather than a unidirectional relationship between self-identity and personal responsibility, instead influenced each other. Peer relations were found to have a notable influence on the relationship between self-identity and personal responsibility.

Keywordsfemale, adolescents, self-identity, personal responsibility, adolescent development, education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390406. Gender, sexuality and education
520102. Educational psychology
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Personal Responsibility and the Role of Self-Identity in Adolescents; A Female Regional Australian Perspective
Watson, Krystal, Van Der Laan, Luke 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. https://doi.org/10.30845/ijhss.v11n9p2