Hila J. Spear is Professor of Nursing, Director of Graduate Studies, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. Pamela Kulbok is Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Autonomy and Adolescence: A Concept Analysis
Article first published online: 27 FEB 2004
Public Health Nursing
Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 144–152, March 2004
How to Cite
Spear, H. J. and Kulbok, P. (2004), Autonomy and Adolescence: A Concept Analysis. Public Health Nursing, 21: 144–152. doi: 10.1111/j.0737-1209.2004.021208.x
- Issue published online: 27 FEB 2004
- Article first published online: 27 FEB 2004
- health behavior
Abstract During the developmental stage of adolescence, young people strive for independence and begin to make decisions that impact them for the rest of their lives. The purpose of this descriptive study was to examine the literature over the past 15 years to analyze the concept of autonomy in adolescence and to identify possible relationships between autonomy and health behavior. The findings indicate that few studies have been carried out that address the issue of autonomy as it relates to adolescent lifestyles or “ways of living,” particularly related to health behaviors. Additional study is warranted to develop more defined theoretical and operational definitions of the concept of autonomy, which will be of value for the development of instruments for measurement and continued research. Furthermore, understanding the antecedents and consequences of adolescent autonomy will facilitate the development of more appropriate health-promoting interventions based on developmental needs.