HomePhilippine Journal of Psychologyvol. 41 no. 1 (2008)

Filipino and Indonesian Adolescent Motivations for Entering Minor Seminaries: 43 Cross-Cultural and Developmental Perspectives

Daniel Erwin Manullang | Allan B. de Guzman

Discipline: Psychology



This exploratory study describes in portrait form the motivational goals of adolescents entering minor seminaries in the Philippines and Indonesia from a developmental and cross-cultural lens. Anchored on Ford's (1992) taxonomy of human goals, a researcher developed instrument, duly validated and tested for reliability, was fielded to 421 student adolescents of 6 minor seminaries. Data yielded quantitatively were substantiated by qualitative information culled from the respondents' written journals. Results of the study indicate that while the ranks of main goal categories of the two respondent groups were generally the same, the l-test showed significant differences in their motivational goals relative to the following: affective goals (entertainment, tranquility, happiness, bodily sensation and physical well-being); cognitive goals (exploration and understanding); subjective goals (transcendence); integrative social responsibility goals (belongingness and social responsibility); and, task goals (mastery, management, material gain and safety).