ERIC Number: EJ897845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Profiles of a Developmental Asset: Youth Purpose as a Context for Hope and Well-Being
Burrow, Anthony L.; O'Dell, Amanda C.; Hill, Patrick L.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v39 n11 p1265-1273 Nov 2010
While having a purpose in life has been theorized as a developmental asset, the extent to which adolescents cultivate a meaningful sense of direction is not well understood. In the present study, cluster analysis was used to classify adolescents by levels of purpose exploration and commitment. The sample (N = 318; 55% female) consisted of youth aged 14-18 and was predominantly White/non-Hispanic (76.3%). Results supported four meaningful yet distinguishable profiles of youth purpose that are largely consistent with theories on identity formation: Achieved, Foreclosed, Uncommitted, and Diffused. Hypothesized linkages with affect and hope were established across the profiles such that positive emotions and goal-directed thinking were most apparent among Achieved and Foreclosed youth and least apparent among Diffused and Uncommitted youth. Overall, findings demonstrate the inherent complexity in adolescents' engagement with purpose and suggest a correspondence between stronger commitments to purpose and youths' sense of personal agency and well-being.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Quality of Life, Goal Orientation, Self Concept, Classification, Multivariate Analysis, Well Being, Individual Development, Context Effect
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Education Level: Secondary Education
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