Award Date

1-1-1989

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

First Committee Member

Russell T. Hurlburt

Number of Pages

225

Abstract

The inner experience of five adolescents, ages 12 through 14, has been investigated through an experience-sampling method that asked the subjects to describe in detail the inner experience that was ongoing at randomly sampled moments during their daily living. A beeper signaled the subject to freeze their inner experience, (i.e., thoughts, feelings, images, etc.) at the moment of the beep. Findings indicated, as had been found in previous research with adults, that adolescents had a variety of inner experience including Images, Inner Speech, Inner Hearing, and Feeling. Adolescents, unlike adults, reported the slow forming and fading of Images, leading to the supposition that imaging may be a newly-developing process in early adolescence. Results also indicated that adolescents with little symbolization in their inner experience, that is, little Inner Speech and few Images, may be predisposed to learning disability or, as previous research with adults has indicated, to depression.

Keywords

Adolescents; Experience; Inner; Sampling

Controlled Subject

Developmental psychology; Clinical psychology; Psychology

File Format

pdf

File Size

6860.8 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/zj2l-8y7g


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