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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence 7/2020

15-11-2019 | Empirical Research

Similarities and Differences in Adolescents’ Organized and Civic Activity Networks across Rural and Non-Rural Communities

Auteurs: Benjamin Oosterhoff, Aaron Metzger, Lauren Alvis

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence | Uitgave 7/2020

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Abstract

Youth are often involved in multiple organized and civic activities simultaneously, resulting in complex patterns or “networks” of participation. Little research has examined the network structure of adolescents’ organized and civic participation and whether these networks vary across communities. Examining activity networks may help identify specific forms of participation that are more widely and strongly connected with other activities, and may thus provide a gateway for becoming multiply involved. Youth (N= 902; Mage = 15.90; 55.7% female) from a rural (n= 476) and non-rural (n= 426) community completed measures assessing engagement in 25 civic and organized activities. Network analysis indicated that activities in the rural community had greater network density relative to the non-rural community. Volunteering to clean up the neighborhood was most central to both networks. Church attendance and community sports were more central for the rural network, whereas protesting and school arts were more central for the non-rural network. These findings suggest that volunteer activities may serve as a “hub” for organized and civic activity participation and highlight similarities and differences in the co-occurrence of activities across two distinct communities.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Similarities and Differences in Adolescents’ Organized and Civic Activity Networks across Rural and Non-Rural Communities
Auteurs
Benjamin Oosterhoff
Aaron Metzger
Lauren Alvis
Publicatiedatum
15-11-2019
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Youth and Adolescence / Uitgave 7/2020
Print ISSN: 0047-2891
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-6601
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-019-01165-1

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