Implicit Theories in Altruistic Forms of Purpose

Brandy Quinn

Implicit theories about the self and the world are an important part of the dynamics of altruistic forms of youth purpose. Through a qualitative, focused content analysis of interviews from the Youth Purpose Project that coded into three altruistic categories of youth purpose, this study sought to understand what, if any differences are found in the kinds of implicit theories held by individuals with differing forms of youth purpose. Preliminary findings suggest that all forms of altruistic purpose must be grounded in an incremental view of people, but there are differences found in implicit worldview theories.

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