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Youth Empowerment Solutions: Theory, Research, and Practice

"Youth Empowerment Solutions: Theory, Research, and Practice"

Abstract: This presentation will discuss empowerment theory conceptualized as three integrated components: 1) feeling (intrapersonal); 2) thinking (interactional); and doing (behavioral). Empirical results supporting this conceptualization will be presented showing a measurement model of psychological empowerment comprises these three components in a sample of middle school students. Data are also presented showing how the measure of psychological empowerment is associated with less aggressive behavior and more prosocial engagement. Application of this model of psychological empowerment theory to an after school program designed to engage youth in community change will be described. Initial results of the program evaluation are presented.

Thursday, April 7, 2016
12:00 p.m., 127 Moore Building