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ERIC Number: EJ1035396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Cool Girls, Inc. and Self-Concept: The Role of Social Capital
Thomason, Jessica D.; Kuperminc, Gabriel
Journal of Early Adolescence, v34 n6 p816-836 Aug 2014
Social capital was examined as a mediator of the association between youth development program participation and gains in self-concept in a sample of 86 primarily African American female adolescents in the Cool Girls, program, and 89 comparisons. Two dimensions of social capital (the diversity of girls' social networks and the number of life domains in which girls were able to access help) were examined. It was hypothesized that participation in Cool Girls would be associated with increases in social capital and that this would mediate the relationship between participation in Cool Girls and increases in self-concept. Social capital was associated with gains in two dimensions of self-concept regardless of program participation: social acceptance and behavioral conduct. Finally, there was a significant indirect effect of participation on social acceptance and behavioral conduct, mediated through social capital. Implications are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Self Perception Profile for Children