Who Do You Want to Be Like? Factors Influencing Early Adolescents’ Selection of Accessible and Inaccessible Role Models

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dc.contributor.authorStrasser-Burke, Nora-
dc.contributor.authorSymonds, Jennifer-
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-07T11:49:29Z-
dc.date.available2020-04-07T11:49:29Z-
dc.date.copyright2019 the Authorsen_US
dc.date.issued2019-10-14-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Early Adolescenceen_US
dc.identifier.issn0272-4316-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10197/11339-
dc.description.abstractThis study investigates the impact of accessible and inaccessible role models on early adolescents’ conceptions of their identities. Accessible role models have regular direct interactions with adolescents, while inaccessible role models like celebrities do not. This investigation was based within the context of a broader educational intervention targeting educational resilience of school students by prompting them to interact with material drawn from outstanding Irish career role models. Data were collected by interviewing 15 students and analyzing the transcripts thematically. Results revealed that adolescents mostly selected role models perceived as emotionally available, relatable, and successful, within proximal contexts. These accessible role models gave adolescents behavioral cues on overcoming difficulties and attaining success. Adolescents selected inaccessible role models to scaffold future selves, based on how the role models’ life stories connected personally to their lives. This signals how adolescents select and use different types of role models in their identity formation.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipIrish Research Councilen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSAGEen_US
dc.rightsStrasser-Burke, N. and Symonds, J. Who Do You Want to Be Like? Factors Influencing Early Adolescents Selection of Accessible and Inaccessible Role Models, The Journal of Early Adolescence (40,7) pp. 914-935. Copyright © 2019 the Authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications. https://doi.org/10.1177/0272431619880619en_US
dc.subjectIdentityen_US
dc.subjectRole modelsen_US
dc.subjectAdolescenceen_US
dc.subjectSocial disadvantageen_US
dc.subjectInterviewsen_US
dc.titleWho Do You Want to Be Like? Factors Influencing Early Adolescents’ Selection of Accessible and Inaccessible Role Modelsen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.internal.authorcontactotherjennifer.symonds@ucd.ieen_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
dc.identifier.volume40en_US
dc.identifier.issue7en_US
dc.identifier.startpage914en_US
dc.identifier.endpage935en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0272431619880619-
dc.neeo.contributorStrasser-Burke|Nora|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorSymonds|Jennifer|aut|-
dc.date.updated2019-10-27T20:57:53Z-
dc.identifier.grantidRfPS/2016/46-
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