Date of Award:

5-2010

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Family Consumer Human Development

Committee Chair(s)

Troy E. Beckert

Committee

Troy E. Beckert

Committee

Ann M. Berghout Austin

Committee

Elizabeth B. Fauth

Abstract

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.

Checksum

eefd19c37f6200d144e3e69501a16c2c

Share

COinS