Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)



First Advisor

Joo Young Yang


Children are the future; their development in adolescence will determine what kind of future it is. The present study aims to contribute to the understanding of adolescent development through the lens of personality in relation to feeling isolated at school and parental closeness, as well as contribute to the goal of diversifying the sample populations used in exploring personality development by examining a sample population of adolescents from South Korea. The present study used data collected by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) from their survey on social and emotional skills from Daegu, Korea from the older cohort of 3,326 15-year-olds. We predict that the more isolated at school an adolescent feels, the less agreeable they will be. We also hypothesize that closeness to parents will attenuate the association between feelings of school isolation and agreeableness in the sample of Korean students. The results of the present study did not support the first hypothesis but did support the second hypothesis through a conditional effect of school isolation on agreeableness being found at different standard deviations of parental closeness.

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