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Youth development program participation and intentional self-regulation skills: Contextual and individual bases of pathways to positive youth development

Mueller, Megan Kiely ; Phelps, Erin ; Bowers, Edmond P ; Agans, Jennifer P ; Urban, Jennifer Brown ; Lerner, Richard M

Journal of Adolescence, 2011, Vol.34(6), pp.1115-1125 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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    Youth development program participation and intentional self-regulation skills: Contextual and individual bases of pathways to positive youth development
  • Author/Creator: Mueller, Megan Kiely ; Phelps, Erin ; Bowers, Edmond P ; Agans, Jennifer P ; Urban, Jennifer Brown ; Lerner, Richard M
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Adolescence ; Positive Youth Development ; Out-of-School Time (Ost) ; Self Regulation ; Youth Development Programs ; Medicine ; Social Welfare & Social Work ; Psychology
  • Is Part Of: Journal of Adolescence, 2011, Vol.34(6), pp.1115-1125
  • Description: The present research used data from Grades 8, 9, and 10 of the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, a longitudinal study involving U.S. adolescents, in order to better elucidate the process through which the strengths of youth and the ecological resources promoting healthy development (such as out-of-school-time programs) may contribute to thriving. We examined the relationship between adolescents’ self-regulation skills (selection, optimization, and compensation) and their participation in youth development (YD) programs across Grades 8 and 9 in predicting Grade 10 PYD and Contribution. Results indicated that while self-regulation skills alone predicted PYD, self regulation and YD program participation both predicted Contribution. In addition, Grade 8 YD participation positively predicted Grade 9 self regulation, which, in turn, predicted Grade 10 PYD and Contribution. We discuss how the alignment of youth strengths and resources within the environment may promote positive youth development.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0140-1971 ; E-ISSN: 1095-9254 ; DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2011.07.010