chapter  17
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Stability and change in the self-concept from adolescence to adulthood

This chapter addresses the issue of stability and change in the self-concept during an important segment of the life course, the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Conceptually, we distinguish between several dimensions of the self-concept; discuss the processes involved in their development; and consider how the distinguishing features of these two stages in the life course (adolescence and young adulthood) affect them. Wherever possible we marshal evidence, utilising published research and some new analysis to examine, illustrate and test some of our expectations.