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The Association of Camp Experiences with Civic Attitudes and Intentions in Late Adolescence

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In this study, associations between camp experiences and civic attitudes and intentions were examined among late adolescents. Various lines of research suggest a positive association of camp experiences emphasizing religiosity and social justice/community involvement with more positive civic attitudes and intentions. To examine this possibility, 163 late adolescents completed surveys about camp experiences and civic attitudes and intentions. Possible mediators (e.g., individual religiosity, social capital resources related to civic engagement, identity exploration) of the relation between camp experiences and civic attitudes/intentions were also examined. Results suggest a trend toward higher levels of civic attitudes and intentions among late adolescents who attended a camp emphasizing both religiosity and social justice/community involvement than among adolescents who attended other kinds of camps. Although camp type predicted the proposed mediators, these constructs did not predict civic attitudes or intentions, resulting in little evidence for the hypothesized mediated associations. Results did indicate a consistent pattern in which adolescents who attended a camp emphasizing both religiosity and social justice/community involvement perceived more positive changes in their civic attitudes and intentions as a result of camp experiences than did adolescents who attended any other kind of camp; somewhat more evidence of mediation emerged in predicting perceived impact.
subject
Civic Engagement
Camp
contributor
Wegman, Holly (author)
Furr, R. Michael + "Ph.D." (committee chair)
Buchanan, Christy M. + "Ph.D." (committee member)
Pratt, Wayne E. + "Ph.D." (committee member)
Neal, Lynn S. + "Ph.D." (committee member)
date
2009-05-08T18:25:06Z (accessioned)
2010-06-18T18:59:02Z (accessioned)
2009-05-08T18:25:06Z (available)
2010-06-18T18:59:02Z (available)
2009-05-08T18:25:06Z (issued)
degree
Psychology (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/14819 (uri)
language
en_US (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
rights
Release the entire work for access only to the Wake Forest University system for one year from the date below. After one year, release the entire work for access worldwide. (accessRights)
title
The Association of Camp Experiences with Civic Attitudes and Intentions in Late Adolescence
type
Thesis

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