Choosing for Yourself

A pragmatic framework for developing competence in young people’s personal decision-making

  • Douglas Paul Newton Durham University, School of Education, Leazes Road, Durham, DH1 1TA, UK

Abstract

ABSTRACT


Making personal decisions is a kind of purposeful thought that can be life-changing, so competence in it could be of long-term benefit. Competence, however, is not always well-developed. Routes to a decision are described, and a potential approach to decision-making is constructed which recognises human tendencies and limitations and allows different modes of thought to contribute to the process. This is translated into a framework for supporting personal decision-making, and it is elaborated to highlight potential roles for those who work with and support children, adolescents, and young adults. The influences of a student’s hidden beliefs and self-imposed horizons are briefly discussed, and some cautionary observations are highlighted. On this basis, fostering competence in personal decision-making seems feasible and worthwhile.

Author Biography

Douglas Paul Newton, Durham University, School of Education, Leazes Road, Durham, DH1 1TA, UK

Durham University, School of Education, Leazes Road, Durham, DH1 1TA, UK

Published
2017-11-15
How to Cite
NEWTON, Douglas Paul. Choosing for Yourself. Archives of Psychology, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 2, nov. 2017. ISSN 2573-7902. Available at: <https://archivesofpsychology.org/index.php/aop/article/view/16>. Date accessed: 17 sep. 2019.

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