Self determination theory, identity development, and adolescence

Luther K. Griffin, Nicole Adams, Todd D. Little

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This chapter discuss the nature of self-determination in the context of adolescent development and identity development. The chapter reviews definitions of adolescence and the many factors that contribute to the onset and offset of this critical developmental period. Then, two theoretical perspectives for understanding adolescence are introduced: Identity development theory and Self-Determination Theory. The chapter closes with some thoughts on future directions for research on self-determination development during adolescence.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDevelopment of Self-Determination Through the Life-Course
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media B.V.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789402410426
ISBN (Print)9789402410402
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


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