Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya • ISSN 2075-7999
peer-reviewed • open access journal
      

 

2020 Vol. 13 Issue 70

Gorlova N.V. Tolerance for ambiguity as individual personality presupposition of the process of self-determination in adolescence and youth

Russian version: Горлова Н.В. Толерантность к неопределенности как индивидуально-личностная предпосылка процесса самоопределения вподростковом возрасте, ранней и поздней юности

Krasnoyarsk Regional Institute of Advanced Training, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

About authors
Suggested citation

Background/Aims: In adolescence people tend to encounter challenging questions related to identity and future. Nowadays this period is even more complicated because of high level of novelty and complexity of the environment. Tolerance of ambiguity can be viewed as one of the sources of internal support in the context of transitivity, changing norms and values. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to examine the effect of age and sex on tolerance of ambiguity during three developmental periods: adolescence, early and late youth. We also investigated gender-specific relationship between tolerance of ambiguity, internal locus of control and meaning-in-life orientations.
Methods: 322 people participated in the study – 191 females and 131 males. The adolescence group comprised 117 participants (mean age – 15,4), the early youth group – 114 people (mean age – 16,3) and 100 participants in the late youth (mean age – 18,1). The following tests were applied: Purpose in Life test [Crumbaugh, Maholick, 1964], Locus of Control scale [Rotter, 1966] and Intolerance for Ambiguity [Budner, 1962].
Results: Females demonstrated higher ambiguity tolerance across all age periods. Compared to male participants, females were more tolerant to ambiguity and novelty during adolescence and early youth. Significant correlations between tolerance of ambiguity, internal locus of control and meaning-in-life orientations were found in adolescents of both sexes. Also, ambiguity tolerance and internal locus of control were found to correlate in females of late youth.

Keywords: tolerance for ambiguity, internal locus of control, meaning-in-life orientations, self-determination, gender differences, adolescence, youth

Full text in Russian >>

References
 

Andreeva G.M. Social psychology today: quest and ponderisms. Moscow, Mosk. psikhol.-soc. Institute, 2009. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Batashev A.R. Meaningful constructs of perception of social reality of adolescents and youth during role modeling. In: O.V. Lishin (Eds.), Rossiiskie podrostki i unoshestvo v sotsial’noi real’nosti XXI veka: lichnostnoe samoopredelenie, samorealizatsiya, vzglyad na budutshee. Moscow: Obninsk: IG-SOTSIN, 2008. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Bazhin E.F., Golynkina E.L., Etkind A.M. Method of study of level of subjective control. Psikhologicheskii Zhurnal, 1984, 5(3), 152–162. (In Russian) (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Blinnikova S.L. Psychological nature of understanding of contradictions. Voprosy psikhologii, 2012, No. 1, 52–62. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Bronk K.S., Hill P.L., Lapsley D.K., Talib T.L., Finch H. Purpose, hope, and life satisfaction in three age groups. The Journal of Positive Psychology, November 2009, 4(6), 500–510. doi:10.1080/17439760903271439

Crumbaugh J.S., Maholick L.T. An experimental study in existentialism: The psychometric approach to Frankl’s concept of noogenic neurosis. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1964, 20(2), 200–207

Damon W., Menon J., Bronk K.C. The Development of Purpose During Adolescence. Applied Developmental Science, 2003, 7(3), 119–128. doi:10.1207/S1532480XADS0703_2

Dementii L.I., Kupchenko V.E. Tipology of life strategies at youth (example of university and college students. Psikhologiya obucheniya, 2011, May No. 5, 44–53. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Fromm E. The Soul of Man. Collection, transl.from Eng. Moscow: AST: Tranzitkniga, 2004. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Gillham J., Adams-Deutsch Z., Werner J., Reivich K., Coulter-Heindl V., Linkins M., Winder B., Peterson C., Park N., Abenavoli R., Contero A., Seligman M.E.P. Character strengths predict subjective well-being during adolescence. The Journal of Positive Psychology, January 2011, 6(1), 31–44. doi:10.1080/17439760.2010.536773

Gorlova N., Romanyuk L., Vanbrabant L., van de Schoot R. Meaning-in-life orientations  and values in Youth: cross-cultural comparison. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2012, 9(6), 744–750. doi:10.1080/17405629.2012.689823

Hill P.L., Burrow A.L., O’Dell A.C., Thornton M.A. Classifying adolescents’ conceptions of purpose in life. The Journal of Positive Psychology, November 2010, 5(6), 466–473. doi:10.1080/17439760.2010.534488

Kaliteevskaya E.R., Leontiev D.A. Ways of genesis of personal self-determination in adolescence. Voprosy psikhologii, 2006, No. 3, 49–55. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Khazova S.A. Mental resources of subject in different age periods. Doctoral dissertation (Psychology). Inst. Psikhol.RAN, Moscow, 2014. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Kornilova T.V. Tolerance for ambiguity and intelligence as presuppositions of creativity. Voprosy psikhologii, 2010, No. 5, 3–13. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Kronik A.A., Akhmerov R.A. Causometry: methods of self-cognition, psychodiagnostics and psychotherapy in psychology of way of living. 2 ed., revised and enlarged. Moscow: Smysl, 2008. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Langle A. Life that is full of meaning. Applied logotherapy. 4th ed. Moscow: Genesis, 2011. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Leontiev D.A. Psychology of meaning: nature, structure and dynamics of meaningful reality. 3th ed., revised. Moscow: Smysl, 2007. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Leontiev D.A. The phenomenon of choice: Preliminary considerations. Sharing tools for personal. In: V. Kagan (Ed.), Global Harmony: First Annual Conference on Conflict Resolution. St.Peterburg, 1994. pp. 52–64.

Leontiev D.A. Test of meaning-in-life orientations. 2 ed. Moscow: Smysl, 2006. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Leontiev D.A. The challenge of uncertainty as the key issue of the psychology of personality. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2015, Vol. 8, No. 40, p. 2. http://psystudy.ru (In Russian, abstr. in English).

Leontiev D.A., Kaliteevskaya E.R., Osin E.N. Personality potential in the transition from childhood to adulthood and genesis of determination. In: D.A. Leontiev (Ed.), Personality potential: structure and diagnostics. Moscow: Smysl, 2011, 611–641. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Leontiev D.A., Ovchinnikova E.U., Rasskazova E.I., Fam A.Kh. Psychology of choice. 2 ed., reprint. Moscow: Smysl, 2019. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Leontiev D.A., Shelobanova E.V. Professional self-determination as a construction of images of potential future. Voprosy psikhologii, 2001, No. 1, 57–66. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Lukovitskaya E.G. Social psychological meaning of tolerance for ambiguity. PhD dissertation (Psychology). St.Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, 1998. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Pantsyr S.N. Inner personality conflicts of adolescents with deviant behavior. PhD dissertation (Psychology). Mosk. gor. psikhol.-ped. inst., Moscow, 2012. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Petrovskii V.A. A Man under situation. Moscow: Smysl, 2010. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Ryan R.M., Deci E.L. Self-determination theory and the facilitation of intrinsic motivation, social development, and well-being. American Psychologist, 2000, No. 55, 68–78.

Safin V.F., Nurlygayanov I.N. The structure and content of values’ and meanings’ sphere at different types of self-determination of personality. Siberian Journal of Psychology, 2008, No. 27, 18–23. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Smirnov S.D., Chumakova M.A., Kornilova T.V. An image of the world in the dynamic control of ambiguity. Voprosy psikhologii, 2016, No. 4, 3–13. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Soldatova G.U., Shaigerova L.A., Prokofieva T.U., Kravtsova O.A. (Ed.). Psychodiagnostics of tolerance for ambiguity. Moscow: Smysl, 2008. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Steger M.F., Frazier P., Oishi S., Kaler M. The Meaning in Life Questionnaire: Assessing the presence of and search for meaning in life. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 2006, No. 53, 80–93. doi:10.1037/0022-0167.53.1.80

Syrtsova A. Age dynamics of time perspective of personality. PhD dissertation (Psychology). Mosk. gor. psikhol.-ped.inst., Moscow, 2008. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Tirria K., Quinn B. Exploring the role of religion and spirituality in the development of purpose: case studies of purposeful youth. British Journal of Religious Education, September 2010, 32(3), 201–214. doi:10.1080/01416200.2010.498607

Tropotyaga P.A. Locus of control and emotional attitude towards the future as the psychological preconditions of professional genesis of personality. Siberian Journal of Psychology, 2008, No. 27, 102–106. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Volochkov A.A., Ermolenko E.G. Personal orientation of values as the sense-making activity. Psikhologicheskii Zhurnal, 2004, 25(2), 17–33. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Yalom I.D. Existential psychotherapy. T.S.Drabkina, transl. Moscow: Klass, 1999. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Zinchenko V.P. Tolerance for ambiguity: news or psychological tradition? Voprosy psikhologii, 2007, No. 6, 3–20. (In Russian, the titles are given in author’s translation)

Received 19 March 2020. Date of publication: 14 May 2020.

About author

Gorlova Natalia Vladimirovna. Head of department, Centre of managers’ professional competences development and systematic changes in education, Regional state autonomous establishment of additional professional education “Krasnoyarsk Regional Institute of Advanced Training and Professional Retraining”, ul. Matrosova 19, 660079, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
E-mail: Этот адрес электронной почты защищен от спам-ботов. У вас должен быть включен JavaScript для просмотра.

Suggested citation

Gorlova N.V. Tolerance for ambiguity as individual personality presupposition of the process of self-determination in adolescence and youth. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2020, Vol. 13, No. 70, p. 5. http://psystudy.ru (in Russian, abstr. in English).

Permanent URL: http://psystudy.ru/index.php/eng/2020v13n70e/1761-gorlova70e.html

Back to top >>

Related Articles