Formation of self-perception of teenagers
Until recently, it was believed that adolescents independently come to self-determination of their personality in the process of mental and social development. However, recent studies have shown that parents play an important role in this process. They are interested in and involved in this process.
Israeli scientists from Bar-Ilan University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem conducted a study that involved teenagers, their parents and teachers. In the study, the researchers interviewed parents and documented what they observed in the study families.
Parents who took part in the study showed a willingness to take an active part in the formation of the child’s personality. During the interviews, they expressed their opinions on how best to build relationships with their children, what kind of environment is necessary for their optimal development. Parents have speculated about what their children will become in the future and how they would like their children to perceive themselves.
The study found that parents who took part put a lot of time and effort into getting their children to reflect on their self-perceptions, and even encouraged them to reflect on how their personality traits would affect their future and that of their children.
To plan such self-reflection in adolescents can be extremely difficult for parents, because they have to take into account many social and cultural factors, the individual dynamics of personal development of the child, moral principles and values that are professed in their family. However, parents in the process of socialization of the child are not just as people with more experience. They don’t just pass on traditional values to their children and introduce them to the social roles that children will face in the future. Parents provide children with a broad vision of their (children’s) personality. They respect the child’s own vision, but at the same time introduce them to the social and cultural contexts of their lives, which they are sure to encounter in the future.
Scientists claim that the results of this work, which concerns the psychological aspects of personality formation, can be used in further research in various fields. In addition, new such studies in families belonging to different cultures and nationalities will help to see a more complete picture and determine the impact of culture on the relationship between adolescents and their parents.
The results of the study can help parents and teachers to form a more conscious, positive, caring and active approach in the formation of the child’s personality. This is extremely important, because many parents used to act on the principle of ” do no harm.” A new campaign against the background of previous ideas about the role of parents in the process of education may be more effective.