ERIC Number: EJ827589
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
How Adolescents Come to See Themselves as More Responsible through Participation in Youth Programs
Wood, Dustin; Larson, Reed W.; Brown, Jane R.
Child Development, v80 n1 p295-309 Jan-Feb 2009
This qualitative study was aimed at developing theory about the process underlying the development of responsibility grounded in accounts of youth who reported experiencing this change. A total of 108 high-school-aged (M = 16.5) youth from 11 programs were interviewed about their experiences within the program, and 24 reported becoming more responsible through their participation. The youth's accounts suggested that this process was driven largely by successfully fulfilling program expectations. This process was driven by youth's adherence to their commitments and their consideration of the consequences of their actions on others. Youth mentioned changes in responsibility most frequently in three programs, which appeared to differ from the remaining programs in having more structure and placing greater ownership and accountability on youth.
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