Civic purpose: An integrated construct for understanding civic development in adolescence.

Authors: 
Heather H. Malin, Parissa J. Ballard, and William Damon
Publication Year: 
2015
Publication name or Publisher: 
Human Development 58(2), 103-130. DOI:10.1159/000381655.

This article introduces civic purpose as a construct for learning about civic development in adolescence. Civic purpose, defined as a sustained intention to contribute to the world beyond the self through civic or political action, integrates the components of motivation, civic activity, and future-oriented civic intention. We present results from a mixed methods longitudinal study that used the civic purpose framework, in which 1,578 high school seniors took a survey, 50 participated in an interview, and nine additional adolescent "civic exemplars" participated in