The Personal Fable and Risk-Taking in Early Adolescence

  title={The Personal Fable and Risk-Taking in Early Adolescence},
  author={Amy E. Alberts and David S. Elkind and Stephen Ginsberg},
  journal={Journal of Youth and Adolescence},
Elkind’s (1967) theory of adolescent egocentrism proposes two distinct, but related, constructs – the imaginary audience and the personal fable. A corollary to the imaginary audience, the personal fable (PF) yields a sense of invulnerability and speciality commonly associated with behavioral risk-taking. When regarded as a developmental phenomenon, risk-taking is thought to be the result of cognitive immaturity. However, few adolescent health programs address the egocentric dimension of… 

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