A Unique Classification on Adults: “Adult-Child, Adult-Adolescence, Adult-Adult” Different Perspective on Leadership

  • Şefika Şule ErçetinEmail author
  • Şuay Nilhan Açıkalın
  • Halime Güngör
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)


Because of wideness in adults’ age range and differences in all ages’ characteristics, there have been different definitions and classifications on adults in literature, and also making different classifications are possible. Adults have been classified in three groups as adult-child, adult-adolescence and adult-adult in this study. Age range has not been considered while classifying. Leaders and also political leaders has been focus of attention throughout history not only in written and visual media but also in academic researches. In this study, primarily adult-child, adult-adolescence and adult-adult properties have been defined in feeling, thought and behavior dimensions. Profiles were taken as two: feeling, thought and behavior dimension related to characteristics of individual in profile analysis; attitude frequency which contains adult-child, adult-adolescence and adult-adult characteristics of individual. According to results, a unique model of classification of adults, adult-child, adult-adolescence and adult-adult, has been formed. Although dimensions of leaders’ interventions in chaotic situations have been differ in challenging, moderate, destructive, positive circle, this leadership attitudes have been placed even more chaotic to chaotic situations or have been transformed chaos to cosmos. In this context, finally, leaders’ coping strategies in chaotic ambiance have been evaluated on the base of adult-child, adult-adolescence and adult-adult classification model.


Adult-child Adult-adolescence Adult-adult Leadership Leaders Coping strategies in chaotic situations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Şefika Şule Erçetin
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Şuay Nilhan Açıkalın
    • 3
  • Halime Güngör
    • 4
  1. 1.International Science Association (ISCASS)AnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationHacettepe UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  3. 3.Department of International RelationsMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  4. 4.Department of Educational Management, Planning, Supervision and EconomicsHacettepe UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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