Identity and civic engagement in adolescence

Elisabetta Crocetti, Parissa Jahromi, Wim Meeus
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Journal of Adolescence 35(3):521-32. DOI:10.1016/j.adolescence.2011.08.003

The purpose of this study was to examine the links between identity (statuses and processes) and adolescent civic engagement (volunteer and political participation). Participants were 392 Italian high school students (42% males) aged 14–20 years (Mage = 16.23 years; SDage = 1.53) who completed a self-report questionnaire. First, using a person-centered approach, we found that achieved adolescents were more involved in volunteer activities, reported higher civic efficacy, and stronger aspirations to contribute to their communities than their diffused counterparts. Second, by means of a variable-centered approach, we demonstrated that the link between identity proc