Author ORCID Identifier
Clinkinbeard - https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1839-2877
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Possible selves theory (Markus & Nurius, 1986) suggests that future-oriented expectations, fears, and strategies are constrained by feedback in one's sociocultural context. The current paper represents a preliminary look into the relationship between support in one's immediate context and the development of strategies for the achievement of desired future selves. Youthful offenders (N = 543) were surveyed in secured treatment facilities in Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon. Program belonging was a consistent predictor of strategy generation among both males and females, and attributional support from a staff person was significant among males. The findings support further examination of interpersonal interactions as they relate to future-oriented planning and point to a need for further investigation into the development of concrete strategies.
Clinkinbeard, S. S. & Murray, C. I. (2012). Perceived support, belonging, and possible self strategies among incarcerated juvenile offenders. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42(5), 1218-1240. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1559-1816.2011.00884.x