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Figures of admiration in emerging adulthood: A four country study

Figures of admiration in emerging adulthood: A four country study

Robinson, Oliver, Dunn, Abigail, Nartova-Bochaver, Sofya, Bochaver, Konstantin, Asadi, Samaneh, Khosravi, Zohreh, Jafari, Seyed Mohammed, Zhang, Xiaozhou and Yang, Yanbo (2015) Figures of admiration in emerging adulthood: A four country study. Emerging Adulthood. ISSN 2167-6968 (Print), 2167-6984 (Online) (doi:

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Admiration is a social emotion that is developmentally formative in emerging adulthood; admired adults act as mentors, role models and sources of inspiration to this age group (Arnett, 2014). The present study explored who and what emerging adults admire, across four countries (UK, Iran, China and Russia). 525 participants provided written descriptions of an admired figure. Across all cultures, Care and Generativity was the most common theme. Cross-cultural differences emerged for Limitations and Difficulties (most prevalent in China), Autonomy and Assertiveness (most prevalent in Russia), Intellect and Education (most prevalent in Russia), and Religion and Spirituality (most prevalent in Iran). Males and females in the UK and Russia tended to select admired figures of their own sex, but in Iran and China both male and female participants selected more male figures. The findings suggest a common core to admiration in emerging adulthood, combined with culturally specific features.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Admiration; emerging adulthood; role model; vignette; cross-cultural
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 14:11
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT c
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 6

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