Doing for Others: Youth’s Contributing Behaviors and Psychological Engagement in Mentorship2 years ago 2 years ago Leave your thoughts
Youth contributions to others (e.g., volunteering) have been connected to indicators of successful development, including self-esteem, optimism, social support, and identity development. Youth-adult partnerships, which involve youth and adults working together towards a shared goal in activity settings, such as youth-serving agencies or recreation organizations, provide a unique opportunity for examining youth contributions. We examined associations between measures of youth’s participation in youth-adult partnerships (psychological engagement and degree of partnering) in activity settings and youth contributing behaviors, in two Canadian samples: (a) community-involved youth (N = 153, mean age = 17.1 years, 65% female) and (b) undergraduates (N = 128, mean age = 20.1 years, 92.2% female). We found that degree of partnering and psychological engagement were related to each other yet independently predicted contributing behaviors. Our findings suggest that youth-adult partnerships might be one potentially rich context for the promotion of youth’s contributions to others.
Ramey, H. L., Lawford, H. L., & Rose-Krasnor, L. (2017). Doing for others: Youth’s contributing behaviors and psychological engagement in youth-adult partnerships. Journal of Adolescence, 55, 129-138.
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