Links between activity involvement and positive youth development: the mediating role of identity style

[Speaker] Zukauskiene, Rita:1
[Co-author] Kuneviciene, Inga Truskauskaite:1
1:Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania)

Prior research has demonstrated that participation in out-of-school time activities is associated with positive and healthy development among adolescents (e.g., Eccles and Gootman 2002; Lerner et al. 2006; Zarrett et al. 2009). However, there is a need for more testing of complex frameworks, such as the mediated models (Ramey & Rose-Krasnor, 2012). Thus this study aims to reveal the role of identity style in predicting positive youth development, followed the involvement in out-of-school activities.
Tree-wave longitudinal data, collected in 1-year interval, was used for this study. The representative community sample, that was diverse in terms of family and socio-economic backgrounds, consisted of 811 high school students aged from 16 to 19 (Mage=17.53, SDage=0.64) at third assessment (only those students were included, that filled related measures all three assessments). The results indicated, that identity styles play an important role in explaining the positive relationship between activity involvement and positive youth development.
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