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Burrow, Anthony L.; O'Dell, Amanda C.; Hill, Patrick L. – Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 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…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Quality of Life, Goal Orientation, Self Concept
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Burrow, Anthony L.; Hill, Patrick L. – Developmental Psychology, 2011
Having a sense of purpose has been discussed as a developmental asset for youth and as an outgrowth of establishing a sense of identity. Using the identity capital model as a theoretical framework, 3 studies examined purpose as a mediator in the relationship between identity and well-being among adolescents and emerging adults. In Study 1A, (n =…
Descriptors: Well Being, Adolescents, Self Concept, Young Adults