ERIC Number: EJ1063733
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Plugging In: Possibilities for Connecting Teens and Communities through Scholastic and Nonscholastic Youth Media Websites
Neely, Jeffrey C.
Youth & Society, v47 n4 p565-585 Jul 2015
Many of today's youth feel disconnected from their local communities. At the same time, most of them are regularly connected to the Internet and other digital media to gather information and communicate with their peers. This study conducts a qualitative textual analysis of 14 scholastic and nonscholastic youth media websites to derive five emergent themes related to connecting youth and local communities. While some content examined addressed specific community concerns, the strongest current value of these websites is that they serve as a source of diverse peer support and self-expression for local teens as they collectively experience the joys and struggles of adolescence. These sites also promote attachment to local schools, an important community node and social ecology for teens.
Descriptors: Web Sites, Youth, Adolescents, Internet, Qualitative Research, Thematic Approach, Citizen Participation, Neighborhoods, Peer Relationship, Family Relationship, Youth Programs, Student School Relationship, Grounded Theory, Comparative Analysis, Self Expression, Popular Culture, Cultural Differences
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