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The Prevailing Origin of Psychological Problems in Young People: A Dissociation from the Future

Moss, Simon A. and Wilson, Samuel G. (2015). The Prevailing Origin of Psychological Problems in Young People: A Dissociation from the Future. Issues in Social Science,3(1):15-34.

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Title The Prevailing Origin of Psychological Problems in Young People: A Dissociation from the Future
Author Moss, Simon A.
Wilson, Samuel G.
Journal Name Issues in Social Science
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 3
Issue Number 1
ISSN 2329-521X   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 15
End Page 34
Total Pages 20
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher Macrothink Institute, Inc.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Relative to young people several decades ago, young people in industrialized societies today are more likely to experience mood disorders, adopt an external locus of control, violate social norms, and exhibit signs of narcissism. This paper formulates a theory to explain the ultimate source of these problems: a sense of dissociation from the future. Compared with young individuals before the 1970s, young individuals now are embedded in a social environment characterized by unstable roles, status, skills, and reputation. Accordingly, young people today feel their identity in the future may diverge considerably from their identity now. According to socioemotional selectivity, psychological connectedness, and meaning maintenance theory, this dissociation from the future is likely to explain many of the characteristic problems of younger generations today. A set of social policies is recommended that could override this dissociation and thus resolve an array of issues simultaneously.

DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.5296/iss.v3i1.6768   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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