ERIC Number: EJ1055216
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Adolescent Moral Motivations for Civic Engagement: Clues to the Political Gender Gap?
Malin, Heather; Tirri, Kirsi; Liauw, Indrawati
Journal of Moral Education, v44 n1 p34-50 2015
This study explored gender differences in moral motivations and civic engagement among adolescents to add to existing explanations for the gender gap in political engagement in the US. We examined moral motivations for civic engagement in a sample of 1578 high school seniors, using a mixed-methods analysis of survey and interview data. Multiple regression confirmed that girls were more civically involved and expressed greater future civic intention. However, analysis of motivations suggested that differences in moral motivations might impact ongoing political development, as girls were more likely to take political action out of desire to help, while boys were more often motivated to act on values. Case studies of two interviewees--one male and one female--were analyzed to examine how civic commitment emerges in the interaction of desire to help, to act on civic values and another moral motivation that emerged in the qualitative analysis--to empower others.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Moral Values, Multiple Regression Analysis, Surveys, Interviews, Gender Differences, Case Studies, Citizen Participation, Political Attitudes, High School Seniors, Mixed Methods Research, Measures (Individuals)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California