Possible selves and delinquency.

  title={Possible selves and delinquency.},
  author={Daphna Oyserman and Hazel Rose Markus},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={59 1},
The relationship between possible selves and delinquency is explored. In this study, 238 youths between the ages of 13-16 who varied in the degree of their delinquency were asked to describe their possible selves. Although many similarities were found among their hoped-for selves, the groups of youth differed markedly in the nature of their expected and feared selves. The balance between expected possible selves and feared possible selves was the particular focus. Balance is hypothesized to… 

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