Exploring the association between community service participation and identity development among middle adolescents: a study in Hong Kong

Huixuan XU, Sisi LIU

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review

Abstract

The present study examined the association between community service and identity development in middle adolescence. The quantitative component of the study was first conducted to investigate the relationships between service experience and identity status. The qualitative component followed to explore how service change their identities. The findings showed that community service duration differentiated the middle adolescents with more mature identity statuses (e.g., achievement) from those with less mature identity statuses (e.g., diffusion) after students’ gender, grade, attitude toward service and their parents’ service engagement were controlled. This study also revealed that exposure to community service was effective in facilitating adolescents’ identity development in the domains of occupation and lifestyle. High-impact practices were recommended for the future design of service programs.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
JournalSelf and Identity
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Aug 2021

Bibliographical note

This work was supported by the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong [18603515].

Keywords

  • Chinese
  • Identity formation
  • community service
  • middle adolescence

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Exploring the association between community service participation and identity development among middle adolescents: a study in Hong Kong'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this