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Time trends in the adjustment of Swedish teenage girls: a 26-year comparison of 15-year-olds



Time trends in the adjustment of Swedish teenage girls: a 26-year comparison of 15-year-olds



Scandinavian Journal of Psychology 46(2): 145-156



The aim of this study was to investigate stability and change over 26 years in self-reported adjustment of Swedish teenage girls. Data were collected with the same questionnaire from two school-cohorts in a middle-sized Swedish community: 522 girls attending Grade 8 (approximately at age 15) in 1970, and 529 girls attending Grade 8 in 1996. The first cohort was part of the longitudinal research programme Individual Development and Adaptation (IDA). In most domains, adjustment problems were approximately as common in 1996 as in 1970, with two exceptions: more girls reported problems with self-esteem and antisocial problems in 1996. In the antisocial domain, a polarization process was indicated, with an increase also in the number of girls without adjustment problems. In the relational domains, especially peer relations, there was an increase in positive adjustment. The results are discussed in relation to earlier findings and to social changes during the period.

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PMID: 15762942

DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2005.00444.x



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