Self Through Relationship Development

  • James Youniss
  • Jacqueline Smollar
Conference paper


For the past decade, we have been studying children’s and adolescents’ understanding of their relationships with parents and friends. The goals of this work have been to gain insight into the structure of these relationships and to learn how each relationship contributes to the individual’s psychological development, by which we mean construction of a self, social understanding, and moral outlook. Our theoretical perspective is based on a synthesis of the writings of Harry Stack Sullivan (1953) and Piaget (1932), in which a key proposition is that concepts of persons, including self and other, are constructed through interpersonal interactions and reflections on them.


Relationship Development Social Cognition Parental Relationship Moral Outlook Middle Class Youth 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990

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  • James Youniss
  • Jacqueline Smollar

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