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ERIC Number: EJ811667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4385
Places to Be and to Belong: Youth Perceptions of Life in Community
Whitlock, Janis; Powers, Jane
Prevention Researcher, v15 n2 p12-15 Apr 2008
Positive connections to other human beings are the foundation of healthy development. However, the contemporary youth development field is expanding beyond the notion of connectedness with known adults. "Connectedness" can also encompass ideas related to belonging, attachment, and reciprocal positive regard for the institutions, policies, and practices associated with the adult world. This article summarizes findings from a study that explores how adolescent connectedness to community is formed. It uses both quantitative and qualitative data, and incorporates quotes from the youth respondents. In these quotes we hear both a desire for community places to simply be present and a deeper longing for belonging. The article ends with specific suggestions for policy and practice. (Contains 1 footnote and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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