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Youth–adult partnership and youth civic development: cross-national analyses for scholars and field professionals


Zeldin, Shepherd and Gauley, Josset and Krauss, Steven Eric and Kornbluh, Mariah and Collura, Jessica (2015) Youth–adult partnership and youth civic development: cross-national analyses for scholars and field professionals. Youth & Society, 49 (7). pp. 1-28. ISSN 0044-118X; ESSN: 1552-8499


Across the world, community-based youth organizations are engaging youth as partners with adults to promote youth civic development. A sample of 528 youth from the United States, Portugal, and Malaysia were surveyed to explore associations between youth–adult partnership (youth voice in decision making; supportive adult relationships) and two key aspects of civic development (youth empowerment; community connections). Multi-level modeling, regression, and profile analysis were used to compare patterns of association across the three national samples. Results indicate that youth are most likely to achieve positive outcomes when they experience the freedom to make decisions, while experiencing trust and power sharing from adults. The results were consistent across the three national samples, suggesting that the influence of partnership may transcend cultures and contexts. Future scholarship should aim to support field professionals in building organizational structures and opportunities that encourage shared dialogue, program planning, and purposeful action among youth and adults.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X15595153
Publisher: Sage Publications
Keywords: Youth-adult partnership; Youth civic development; Civic engagement; Cross-cultural analysis; Extracurricular activity; Neighbourhood context
Depositing User: Mohd Hafiz Che Mahasan
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2018 04:18
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2018 04:18
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/63739
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