Life values structure in a Spanish sample of adolescents

  • Maria Tejerina-Arreal Universidad de Murcia
  • Pilar Garcia-Gomez Universidad de Murcia
  • Maria L. Garcia-Guardia Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Keywords: Personal values, priority goals, values’ structure, extrinsic goals, intrinsic goals, motivation


We examined the structure of personal life values as a representation of underlying motivation, in a Spanish sample of children and adolescents 12 - 16 years old. In general, results showed that youth put higher priority on intrinsic life goals (meaningful relationships, being physically healthy, self-acceptance) than extrinsic life goals (image, money, power).  Gender differences were found in specific life goals. When comparing our results with another longitudinal American study using the same instrument and methodology, we found similar results, although Spanish youth value priorities goals related to support rather than striving as in American adolescents. Cultural and age trend in life priorities are discussed.




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Tejerina-Arreal, M., Garcia-Gomez, P., & Garcia-Guardia, M. L. (2014). Life values structure in a Spanish sample of adolescents. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 30(2), 627-632.
Adolescence and psychology