Self-socialization: A case study of a parachute child
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The theoretical concept of self-socialization suggests that an individual is able to reflect on the self, formulate a vision of a future self, set goals, and take actions that create or alter the developmental trajectory. This case study of a parachute child illustrates how a person constructs her life from a veiy young age, drawing on a profound capacity for personal agency to overcome obstacles, identify resources, and internalize values to build a life structure. A model of the psychosocial process of self-socialization emerges from this case. Following the disruption of a well-defined trajectory, self-socialization is observed as a sequence of actions, reflection, correction, and new actions. Self-socialization is possible when a strong sense of self-efficacy is applied to attaining internalized values and goals.
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Newman, Philip R., and Barbara M. Newman. "Self-socialization: A case study of a parachute child." Adolescence 44, 175 (2009). https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/hdf_facpubs/267