ERIC Number: EJ1161624
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Exploring Associations of Character Profiles and Out-Of-School Time Activities among Children and Adolescents
Shubert, Jennifer; Metzger, Aaron; Wray-Lake, Laura; Syvertsen, Amy K.
Journal of Character Education, v12 n2 p11-27 2016
Conceptualizing character from a relational developmental systems metatheory, this study utilizes a person- oriented approach to examine profiles of character strengths in children and adolescents. Using Q sort methodology, 90 youth (Mage = 13.0, 51% female) sorted 12 character strengths based on how much each strength represented them. Using Q factor analyses, three character profiles emerged: "Future-Minded Leaders" viewed themselves as leaders who were purposeful and future-minded; these youth engaged in sports, volunteering, and academic clubs. "Joyful Givers" reported high joy, generosity, and forgiveness, and often engaged in sports and civic activities. "Creative Leaders" shared strengths of leadership and creativity, and commonly engaged in sports and leadership groups. Thrift, awe, and humility were rarely identified as top strengths. Results provide a descriptive snapshot of what character looks like in childhood and adolescence and illustrate a useful methodology for measuring character strengths across diverse ages. Results also provide insights into the ways out-of-school time activities are associated with character profiles.
Descriptors: Children, Adolescents, Values Education, Q Methodology, Factor Analysis, Creativity, Team Sports, Citizen Participation, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Secondary School Students, Leadership, Semi Structured Interviews, Personality, After School Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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