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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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Li, Yibing; Lerner, Jacqueline V.; Lerner, Richard M. – Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2010
Although the role of school engagement in influencing children's academic competence has been recognized in past theory and research, how school engagement may mediate the relationships between ecological and personal resources and academic competence remains largely unknown. Using structural equation modeling procedures, the present study was…
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Academic Achievement, Early Adolescents, Grade 5
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Vrangalova, Zhana; Savin-Williams, Ritch C. – Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2011
The link between adolescent sexual activity and psychological well-being is a controversial issue in developmental psychology. This cross-sectional study investigated the association between three aspects of teenage sexuality (genital sexual experience, age of sexual onset, and number of sex partners) and positive well-being (hedonic, eudaimonic,…
Descriptors: Social Attitudes, Sexuality, Well Being, Adolescents
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Good, Marie; Willoughby, Teena – Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2011
This longitudinal study tested the "influence of involvement" and "selection" hypotheses for the association between religious versus non-religious activity involvement and two salient indicators of adolescent psychosocial adjustment (substance use and academic achievement). Participants included 3,993 Canadian adolescents…
Descriptors: Family Characteristics, Academic Achievement, Adolescents, High School Students
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Torney-Purta, Judith; Barber, Carolyn H.; Wilkenfeld, Britt – Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2007
Many studies have reported gaps between Latino and non-Latino adolescents in academic and political outcomes. The current study presents possible explanations for such gaps, both at the individual and school level. Hierarchical linear modeling is employed to examine data from 2,811 American ninth graders (approximately 14 years of age) who had…
Descriptors: Individual Characteristics, Grade 9, Classroom Environment, Adolescents
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Busseri, Michael A.; Willoughby, Teena; Chalmers, Heather; Bogaert, Anthony R. – Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2006
This study investigated the relation of adolescent same-sex attraction to "successful development" (Baltes, P. B., "Am. Psychol." 32:366-380, 1997). Based on a survey of high-school adolescents, four groups were defined according to the nature of self-reported sexual attraction: exclusively heterosexual (EHA; n=3594); mostly heterosexual (MHA;…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Attraction, Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Student Surveys
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Urban, Jennifer Brown; Lewin-Bizan, Selva; Lerner, Richard M. – Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2010
Extracurricular activities provide a key context for youth development, and participation has been linked with positive developmental outcomes. Using data from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development (PYD), this study explored how the intentional self regulation ability of youth interacted with participation in extracurricular activities to…
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Extracurricular Activities, American Indians, Asian Americans