ERIC Number: EJ1115964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Utilizing the Theoretical Framework of Collective Identity to Understand Processes in Youth Programs
Futch, Valerie A.
Youth & Society, v48 n5 p673-694 Sep 2016
This article explores collective identity as a useful theoretical framework for understanding social and developmental processes that occur in youth programs. Through narrative analysis of past participant interviews (n = 21) from an after-school theater program, known as "The SOURCE", it was found that participants very clearly describe a collective "member" identity. Aspects of the collective identity become psychological assets that participants are able to recall at later points in their lives--in their future roles as college roommates, parents, teachers, nurses, and so on. Findings suggest that collaboratively and purposefully crafting a collective identity provides youth programs with a useful way to cultivate meaningful results of participation for current members as well as provide an underlying identity framework that past participants can build on in new social arenas as emerging adults.
Descriptors: Models, Collectivism, Identification (Psychology), Youth Programs, Personal Narratives, Interviews, After School Programs, Theater Arts, Student Participation, Young Adults, Citizen Participation, Action Research, Participatory Research, Sex Education, High School Students, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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