Early childhood precursors of adolescent initiation ceremonies

Ethos Vol/Iss. 8 Published In Pages: 132-145
By Barry III, Herbert, Schlegel, Alice


This study presents a psychological theory for adolescent initiation ceremonies. Findings support the hypothesis that initiation is a mechanism for maintaining continuity between the stages of childhood and adulthood, when the body is physiologically in discontinuity.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Standard Cross Cultural Sample (SCCS)Researchers Own

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