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Master of Science (MS)
Family, Consumer, and Human Development
Troy E. Beckert
This study examined the relationship between adolescents' use of texting and their level of identity development, cognitive autonomy, and self-esteem. One hundred and nineteen Utah State University students participated in this study by filling out a questionnaire that included a section designed specifically to learn the texting habits of the participants, and also included sections derived from previously existing measures on identity, autonomy, and self-esteem. The results show statistical significance of age and texting. Participants who were 23 years+ sent significantly less than those participants who were 19-22 years. Areas of gender, identity, and self-esteem were also analyzed. Implications of these findings for future research were also discussed.
Davis, Elizabeth M., "Common Characteristics of Young People Who Text: The Connection to Autonomy, Identity and Self-Esteem" (2010). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 596.
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