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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN ADOLESCENTS IN 11TH GRADE IN THE AREAS OF ADAPTATION AND WAYS OF REACTING

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Author(s): Rosario Valdivielso Alba

Journal: Indivisa : Boletin de Estudios e Investigación
ISSN 1579-3141

Volume: 12;
Start page: 201;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Adolescence | adaptation | areas of adaptation | personal adjustment | family adjustment | social adjustment | school adjustment | ways of reacting.

ABSTRACT
Adolescence is a crucial stage in the development of an individual’s personality as it paves the way to adulthood. This stage entails a biological and a psychological change. This adaptation to one-self and the environment does not escape this change, as it can alter the levels of personal, family, school and social adaptation, giving way to different ways of reacting. This article is divided into two distinct sections: The first section deals with an analysis of the areas of adaptation (personal, family, school and social) and the characteristics of seventeen year old adolescents in key areas of their development. The second section presents a study of a sample of 156 seventeen year old adolescents, attending 11th grade at a High School in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, which examines the areas of adaptation and ways of reacting of male and female adolescents, using the MRA Test (Modes of Reaction and Adaptation) (García, Izquierdo y Sánchez-Cabezudo 1989). These results show that, in general and at all levels of adaptation and ways of reacting, there are no differences between men and women adolescents. In the same way, the given areas of adaptation are low and the ways they react are similar, showing that they only tend to give socially positive adaptation responses.
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