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ERIC Number: EJ1004567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 104
ISSN: ISSN-0144-3410
An Empirical Exploration of Factors Related to Adolescents' Political Efficacy
Levy, Brett L. M.
Educational Psychology, v33 n3 p350-383 2013
Political scientists have found that one of the strongest predictors of political participation is political efficacy, the belief that individuals' actions can influence political processes. Prior research indicates that political efficacy increases through various experiences, such as discussions of public issues, but it does not explain why or how these experiences support the development of political efficacy. To address this gap, this paper explores the broad set of factors that influence political efficacy amongst adolescents, who are at a crucial age for identity development. By analysing interview data from 32 high school students and questionnaire responses from 142 undergraduates, I found evidence to support a model that includes a wide variety of factors that contribute to political efficacy, such as persistence, political interest and political trust. Based on this empirical model, I provide practical recommendations to educators and researchers interested in preparing students for active political participation. (Contains 7 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States