ERIC Number: EJ837827
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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Adolescent Civic and Political Engagement: Associations between Domain-Specific Judgments and Behavior
Metzger, Aaron; Smetana, Judith G.
Child Development, v80 n2 p433-441 Mar-Apr 2009
Judgments and justifications for different forms of civic involvement and their associations with organized and civic behavior were examined in 312 middle-class primarily White adolescents (M = 17.01 years). Adolescents applied moral, conventional, and personal criteria to distinguish involvement in community service, standard political, social movement, and social gathering activities. Males judged standard political involvement to be more obligatory and important than did females, who judged community service to be more obligatory and important than did males. For each form of civic involvement, greater involvement was associated with more positive judgments and fewer personal justifications. Structural equation modeling indicated that adolescents' judgments about specific types of civic involvement were associated with similar forms of civic behaviors.
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Citizen Participation, Adolescents, Organizations (Groups), Males, Child Behavior, Correlation, Whites, Middle Class, Moral Values, Social Values, Political Issues, Social Work, Gender Differences
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