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ERIC Number: EJ958215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
Antecedents of Identity Development in a Structured Recreation Setting: A Qualitative Inquiry
Duerden, Mat D.; Taniguchi, Stacy; Widmer, Mark
Journal of Adolescent Research, v27 n2 p183-202 Mar 2012
Identity research has focused primarily on outcomes associated with identity formation. Far less attention, however, has been given to understanding the facilitating contextual elements of this process. This qualitative study examined a context, a 2-week adventure recreation program for youth, quantitatively shown in previous research to have promoted identity development. The program took place in Idaho's Salmon-Challis National Forest and involved rafting, backpacking, mountain biking, and a variety of other outdoor activities. Data were gathered from 23 female and 22 male participants, ages 11 to 15 (M = 13.2, SD = 0.89). Seven distinct categories emerged from the analysis related to participants' perceptions of the program experience including: (a) new experiences, (b) challenge, (c) supportive relationships, (d) acquisition of new skills and knowledge, (e) increased self-confidence, (f) fun, and (g) new self-perceptions. A preliminary framework incorporating the identified elements is proposed. The findings add to the understanding of identity formation antecedents and provide guidance regarding the intentional design of contexts to promote identity development. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Idaho