Date of Graduation
College of Education and Human Services
Homeschooling is a growing educational choice with very little research about the psycho-social outcomes associated with the process. This qualitative study sought to examine the potential facilitative benefit of homeschooling upon the formation of identity. The participants were 26 mothers of homeschooled adolescents in Pennsylvania. Parent responses were examined using thematic analysis. Constituent aspects of parental motivation and methodology were investigated to assess the presence of elements facilitative in the process of identity formation as identified by Erik Erikson (1959, 1963). In examining methods used in homeschooling, it was found that the mothers in this study are providing the support and encouragement necessary for the exploration that is a critical basis for identity formation. Further, the mothers articulated the desire for their adolescent children to explore ideas and activities of personal interest and provided opportunities for them to do so. Implications of these findings are discussed.
McQueen, Peggy Joan, "Identity Formation of Adolescents who are Homeschooled: Mothers' Perceptions" (2019). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 7453.
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