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Personal Change in Adult Life

Howard S. Becker
Sociometry
Vol. 27, No. 1 (Mar., 1964), pp. 40-53
DOI: 10.2307/2785801
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2785801
Page Count: 14
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Personal Change in Adult Life
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Abstract

Personal change in adult life is an important phenomenon deserving more research. In undertaking such research, we should be aware that the kind of change that takes place depends on who is categorizing and evaluating it, and beware of the biases introduced by a too easy acceptance of conventional categories. Instead of seeking explanations of change and stability in elements of personality or in peoples' values, we should look to the effects of social structure on experience. The process of situational adjustment suggests an explanation of change; the process of commitment suggests an explanation of stability.

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