Profiles of civic engagement across educational transitions: Stability and change

Sara K. Johnson, Jennifer P. Agans, Michelle B. Weiner, Richard M. Lerner

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Young people's civic engagement over the transitiontoadulthoodisoften sporadic, interspersed with life transitions, and patterned differently across people. Understanding covariates of patterns of civic engagement, and changes in these patterns, could enhance efforts to promote young adults' civic engagement. Using two time points of data from the Young Entrepreneurs Study (N = 2,364; 61.9% female; 60.9% European American), we identified four profiles of civic engagement: Low Initiative, Moderately Involved, Highly Involved, and Organizers. Profile membership was moderately stable, and stability rates were similar regardless of changes in participants' education status. Participants' initial levels of contribution ideology were related to stability in profile membership; participants with higher initial levels of contribution ideology were more likely to be classified in the Highly Involved profile at both waves. Implications for future research and applications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-93
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Developmental Sciences
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Aging
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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