Community service for youth: The value of psychological engagement over number of hours spent

Jenifer K. McGuire, Wendy C. Gamble

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Abstract

This study examined the relative contribution of psychological engagement with a service activity and number of hours spent in that activity as predictors of change over time in community belonging and social responsibility. Sixty-eight primarily rural adolescents participated as teen leaders in a sexuality education program, and completed assessments of social responsibility and community belonging before and after program participation. Psychological engagement with the service activity and number of hours spent were used to predict changes in social responsibility and community belonging, while controlling for gender, prior program participation, and sexual behaviour history. Psychological engagement, but not number of hours spent, accounted for significant unique variability of change in community belonging and social responsibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-298
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2006

Keywords

  • Community belonging
  • Community service
  • Social responsibility

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