Civic responsibility among Australian adolescents: testing two competing models

Da Silva, Lisa, Sanson, Ann, Smart, Diana and Toumbourou, John 2004, Civic responsibility among Australian adolescents: testing two competing models, Journal of community psychology, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 229-355, doi: 10.1002/jcop.20004.

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Title Civic responsibility among Australian adolescents: testing two competing models
Author(s) Da Silva, Lisa
Sanson, Ann
Smart, Diana
Toumbourou, JohnORCID iD for Toumbourou, John
Journal name Journal of community psychology
Volume number 32
Issue number 3
Start page 229
End page 355
Publisher Clinical Psychology Pub. Co
Place of publication Rutland, Vt.
Publication date 2004-05
ISSN 0090-4392
Summary The development of civic responsibilitv is considered to be an important
component of healthy adolescent development. However, the study of its
development has been relatively neglected and few studies have attempted to ground understanding of its development in a theoretical framework. The present study operationalized civic responsibility as attitudes and behaviors relating to political and community issues that are beneficial to society and compared two theoretical causal models, the social development model (SDM) and a coping-competency model for their predictive value. Gender differences were also assessed. A total of 500 subjects, drawn from a longitudinal study (the Australian Temperament Project), participated in the study, using questionnaire and interview data. Approximately 1 in 5 adolescents actively engaged in behaviors reflecting community civic responsibility and less than 1 in 10 actively participated in the political arena. However, positive levels of social awareness were evident.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/jcop.20004
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2004, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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