Value Structure at an Early Age

Past research with adult subjects has provided considerable evidence for the validity of Schwartz' (1992) theory on the structure of values. However, information about children and adolescents is scarce. The present study uses the newly developed Portraits Questionnaire (PQ-29) to test the appl...

Authors: Bubeck, Maike
Bilsky, Wolfgang
Division/Institute:FB 07: Psychologie und Sportwissenschaft
Document types:Working paper
Media types:Text
Publication date:2002
Date of publication on miami:19.07.2019
Modification date:06.03.2020
Series:Berichte aus der Arbeitseinheit Differentielle Psychologie und Persönlichkeitspsychologie, Bd. 26
Edition statement:[Electronic ed.]
Subjects:value structure; children; adolescents; Portraits Questionnaire (PQ-29); structural complexity
DDC Subject:150: Psychologie
License:InC 1.0
Language:English
Notes:Berichte aus dem Psychologischen Institut IV
Format:PDF document
URN:urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-44139531027
Permalink:http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-44139531027
Digital documents:bericht_bpi-iv_2002_26.pdf

Past research with adult subjects has provided considerable evidence for the validity of Schwartz' (1992) theory on the structure of values. However, information about children and adolescents is scarce. The present study uses the newly developed Portraits Questionnaire (PQ-29) to test the applicability of Schwartz' values theory to this population, using a sample of 1,555 German subjects aged 10 to 17. In addition to this general research objective, the more fine-grained relation between age (used as an indicator of cognitive development) and the complexity of value structure is investigated by separately analyzing value data from different age groups. Results confirm the validity of Schwartz' theory on the structure of values in general. However, they do not show the hypothesized increase of structural complexity. Rather, value structures of 10 to 12 year olds are nearly as differentiated as those of 15 to 17 year olds.