From an ecological perspective, daily activities are both a cause and a consequence of youth development. Research on youth activities directs attention to the processes through which daily activities may have an impact on youth, including (a) providing chances to learn and practice skills, (b) serving as a forum for identity development, (c) affording opportunities to build social ties, (d) connecting youth to social institutions, and (e) keeping youth from engaging in other kinds of activities. Youth's daily activities, in turn, both influence and are influenced by the multilayered ecology within which their lives are embedded, an ecology that ranges from the proximal contexts of everyday life (e.g., family, peer group) to the larger political, economic, legal, and cultural contexts of the larger society. The article concludes with consideration of methodological issues and directions for research on the media and youth development.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Psychology
- Cultural Studies
- Sociology and Political Science
- Social Sciences(all)