The Role of Purpose in Moral Functioning of Adolescents

Authors: 
Kendall Cotton Bronk

Adolescent purpose exemplars demonstrate intense commitments to the various purposes in their lives. As such, they often garner significant attention from their family members, peers, communities, and even the media. Therefore, one might not expect purposeful youth to demonstrate humility. However, humility, in a variety of forms, emerged as a defining characteristic of ten adolescent purpose exemplars. This presentation outlined the four primary manifestations of humility among purpose exemplars and discussed the role of purpose and humility working in tandem to promote positive developmental outcomes.