Value differentiation in adolescence: The role of age and cultural complexity

Ella Daniel, David Schiefer, Anna Möllering, Maya Benish-Weisman, Klaus Boehnke, Ariel Knafo

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Living in complex social worlds, individuals encounter discordant values across life contexts, potentially resulting in different importance of values across contexts. Value differentiation is defined here as the degree to which values receive different importance depending on the context in which they are considered. Early and mid-adolescents (N=3,497; M=11.45years, SD=0.87 and M=16.10years, SD=0.84, respectively) from 4 cultural groups (majority and former Soviet Union immigrants in Israel and Germany) rated their values in 3 contexts (family, school, and country). Value differentiation varied across individuals. Early adolescents showed lower value differentiation than mid-adolescents. Immigrant (especially first generation) adolescents, showed higher value differentiation than majority adolescents, reflecting the complex social reality they face while negotiating cultures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-336
Number of pages15
JournalChild Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


Dive into the research topics of 'Value differentiation in adolescence: The role of age and cultural complexity'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this