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See other articles in PMC that cite the published article. Abstract We examine whether hardship while growing up shapes subjective age identity, as well as three types of experiences through which it may occur.
Drawing on data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we find that hardship in several domains during childhood and adolescence is associated with feeling relatively older and self-identifying as an adult in the late teens and twenties.
Specifically, young people who as adolescents felt unsafe in their schools or neighborhoods, witnessed or were victims of violence, had fewer economic resources in the household, and lived in certain family structures, reported older subjective ages by one or both measures.
Sociologists recognize age as one of the most fundamental categories organizing social life Riley, Foner, and Waring ; Settersten and Mayer However subjective age is equally or more important than chronological age in many processes e.
Social science has recently witnessed a growing interest in the subjective side of aging during the early life course, including pseudomaturity in adolescence e. In addition to interest in the cultural meaning attached to maturity and adult status, some of this newer research points to important variation in the pace of growing up.
The idea that some children or adolescents grow up more quickly than others is not entirely new, however. The literatures on divorce and economic disadvantage both reveal themes of accelerated young lives. Family disruption and poverty, along with other conditions of deprivation or stress like feeling unsafe in daily life, represent key hardships implicated in subjective aging during the early life course.
We build on the foundation provided by these studies to better understand who grows up more quickly and why. We argue that hardships are linked to older subjective ages because they affect three bases of age identities, all of which are grounded in age-normative understandings of the life course: We also examine whether these relationships operate through three types of mediating experiences consistent with our argument.
Because identity shapes behavioral choice Stryker and Burkeand this stage in the life course involves critical decisions affecting life trajectories of education, work, and family, it is important to understand influences on age identity in young people.
Our research helps build an understanding of how the social contexts in which individuals grow up shape their identity. Our findings also contribute to important debates in the life-course tradition involving the import of adult role transitions and the nature of age-norms in contemporary society.
The self-concept develops in interactions with others, particularly significant others, and is influenced by cultural, social structural, and historical forces Gecas and Burke Roles and other structural features of societies provide expectations that guide behavior in interaction and provide external, socially agreed-upon standards for comparison and evaluation.
Identity theory, arguably the dominant perspective on self and identity in sociological social psychology, specifically links the self to social structure via roles.
Indeed, the theory defines identities as internalized role expectations, or, alternatively, the meanings people attach to the many roles they play Stryker and Burke MacMillan notes that this dominant conceptualization, and subsequent research foci, have left several gaps in knowledge of identities to date.
First, he notes that many of the roles in which identities are based are age-graded, and that normative timetables for the life course indicate the appropriate timing of major role transitions.
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