Developmental changes in the use of information in impressison formation
In order to determine if there are developmental effects on information integration and dispositional attributions, 145 adolescents at two ages (13 and 18) were presented with information about hypothetical peers. Only older adolescents gave more extreme ratings of likeability for high consistency and low distinctiveness of behavior and only older adolescents gave more extreme ratings for persons described by multiple judges (consensus of impression). Younger adolescents placed more emphasis than older adolescents on set size in impressions. Set size had a greater effect than attribution information on extremity of impression. The findings were discussed in terms of information processing effects on person descriptions during adolescence. © 1979 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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