Youth development program participation and intentional self-regulation skills

Contextual and individual bases of pathways to positive youth development

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

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1115-1125
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume34
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2011

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Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Out-of-school time (OST)
  • Positive youth development
  • Self regulation
  • Youth development programs

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Mueller, Megan Kiely ; Phelps, Erin ; Bowers, Edmond P. ; Agans, Jennifer P. ; Urban, Jennifer ; Lerner, Richard M. / Youth development program participation and intentional self-regulation skills : Contextual and individual bases of pathways to positive youth development. In: Journal of Adolescence. 2011 ; Vol. 34, No. 6. pp. 1115-1125.
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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; Lerner, Richard M.

In: Journal of Adolescence, Vol. 34, No. 6, 01.12.2011, p. 1115-1125.

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