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Teme
2016, vol. 40, iss. 2, pp. 459-475
article language: Serbian
document type: Original Scientific Paper

The issue of founding family of procreation in adolescents' visions about their own future
aEducation Research Institute
bGradski Centar za socijalni rad (Savetovalište za brak i porodicu), Beograd

e-mail: npolovina@ipi.ac.rs

Abstract

The issue of forming one's own family of procreation is considered from the perspective of the adolescents' visions of their own future, starting from the theory regarding the 'emerging adulthood' and 'future time perspective'. On the sample that included 204 adolescents of 17 years of age, we aimed to explore the extent to which orientation toward founding a family of procreation is present and how it is elaborated in adolescents' narratives about their own future. The participants gave narrative answers to the open-type question 'What kind of life will you have in ten years' time?' The qualitative content analysis was applied. The main findings of the research are the following: two-thirds of our sample expressed their commitment to establishing their own families as a subjectively important goal for within the next ten years' time, elaborating this goal through two general categories (emphasize romantic partnership or partnership/marital-parental functioning), which is further differentiated into three and five sub-categories (thematic patterns) presented in detail and illustrated with examples. At the end of the paper, based on the trends that emerged in this exploration, we forward the implications for future research and preventive practice.

Keywords

visions of the future; family of procreation; adolescents; thematic content analysis