The Topic of Life and Death in Verbal Creativity of Adolescents aged 14—16 Years

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Abstract

The paper focuses on how adolescents aged 14—16 years use the topic of life and death in their verbal creativity. The authors carried out an experimental research on the genesis of this process and describe how the topic evolves as a specific new formation of verbal creativity in adolescence. At the center of the research were conditions of verbal creativity. The subjects in three samples (traditional learning; spontaneous development; project-based-learning) were asked to write an essay on any topic; these essays were subsequently assessed using content analysis. The outcomes revealed that the topic of life and death is likely to appear in the essays of those adolescents whose reference group is more comfortable psychologically. The literary merit of writing statistically correlates with the effectiveness of verbal creativity acquisition. In its psychological content the topic was actually a challenge, a manifestation of rebellion of a young man, an important attempt to get closer to the hidden boundary of the known, a significant step in initiation.

General Information

Keywords: adolescence, verbal creativity, development, education, phenomenon of death in adolescent creativity

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/chp.2015110403

For citation: Hoziev V.B., Vasenichev S.A. The Topic of Life and Death in Verbal Creativity of Adolescents aged 14—16 Years. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2015. Vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 30–43. DOI: 10.17759/chp.2015110403. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Vadim B. Hoziev, Doctor of Psychology, Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology, International University of nature, society and man "Dubna", Professor of the Department of age Psychology, Faculty of Education Psychology, Moscow State University, Dubna, Russia, e-mail: v_hoziev@mail.ru

Sergei A. Vasenichev, Leading Specialist at the Department of Evaluation and Training, Human Resource Development Office, LLC “RN-Yuganskneftegaz”, Nefteyugansk, Russia, e-mail: s.maharash@gmail.com

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