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ERIC Number: EJ791703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1533-8916
Dilemmas of Youth Work: Balancing the Professional and Personal
Walker, Kathrin C.; Larson, Reed W
New Directions for Youth Development, n112 p109-118 Win 2006
In this study, the authors tried to understand the types of dilemmas that adult leaders of youth programs encounter in their daily work with young people. The dilemmas come from an in-depth longitudinal study of ongoing experiences in twelve high-quality urban and rural programs for high school-aged youth. Transcripts from 125 interviews with the adult program leaders, 788 interviews with youth, and 167 site observations by the authors' staff were used to identify specific challenging situations that these leaders encountered. The authors' analysis of these dilemmas indicated that a sizable number involved a primary tension between the demands of relating to youth in a professional versus a personal way. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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