ERIC Number: ED382358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Community Service in Adolescence: Implications for Moral-Political Awareness.
This paper provides an overview of research on community service in adolescence and outlines a theoretical approach that relates service participation to identity development. After building the case that the 1990s has been a period of increased interest in the prosocial effects of service participation among school-aged youth, this paper discusses the scope of this interest and describes the current state of the research literature. The report then provides a framework for organizing the literature by delineating three concepts associated with service: agency, which refers to findings that associate service with personal directedness and increased self-understanding; social relatedness, which pertains to findings that address the social characteristic of service; and moral-political awareness, which refers to findings that relate service to morality and civic behavior. Taken together, the findings suggest that experiences of service pertain to the process of trying to understand oneself with social-historical reality and helps youth to feel that they can actively "make history," rather than simply "live history," and that service participants come to view themselves as political agents in improving societal conditions. Future directions for developmental research in this area are also discussed. Contains 33 references. (DR)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Responsibility, Developmental Tasks, Emotional Development, Identification (Psychology), Moral Values, Perception, School Community Relationship, Self Actualization, Service Learning, Social Problems, Social Responsibility, Youth
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Youth Community Service
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (61st, Indianapolis, IN, March 30-April 2, 1995).