Decision Making during Adolescence: A Comparison of Jewish and Druze Societies
- Fathi Mohsen Shamma
- Michael Katz
This research compares decision-making between Jewish adolescents and Druze adolescents as it relates to level of autonomy, parents’ involvement and the involvement of peers. This is a pioneering research, which tests existing differences between Jewish and Druze adolescents with regards to the factors influencing their decisions.
243 subjects aged 15-18 participated in this research. Of these subjects 124 were Jews and 119 were Druze; about half of both groups were boys and half were girls. Each subject filled out a self-report questionnaire that was particularly designed with the factors mentioned above in mind and for this research.
Although no differences were found between Jewish and Druze adolescents in total degree of autonomy or in parents’ and friends’ involvement in decision-making, the findings partially confirmed research hypotheses.
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