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An empirical exploration of factors related to adolescents’ political efficacy

An empirical exploration of factors related to adolescents’ political efficacy Political scientists have found that one of the strongest predictors of political participation is political efficacy, the belief that individuals’ actions can influence political processes. Prior research indicates that political efficacy increases through various experiences, such as discussions of public issues, but it does not explain why or how these experiences support the development of political efficacy. To address this gap, this paper explores the broad set of factors that influence political efficacy amongst adolescents, who are at a crucial age for identity development. By analysing interview data from 32 high school students and questionnaire responses from 142 undergraduates, I found evidence to support a model that includes a wide variety of factors that contribute to political efficacy, such as persistence, political interest and political trust. Based on this empirical model, I provide practical recommendations to educators and researchers interested in preparing students for active political participation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Educational Psychology Taylor & Francis

An empirical exploration of factors related to adolescents’ political efficacy

Educational Psychology , Volume 33 (3): 34 – May 1, 2013
34 pages

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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2013 Taylor & Francis
ISSN
1469-5820
eISSN
0144-3410
DOI
10.1080/01443410.2013.772774
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Abstract

Political scientists have found that one of the strongest predictors of political participation is political efficacy, the belief that individuals’ actions can influence political processes. Prior research indicates that political efficacy increases through various experiences, such as discussions of public issues, but it does not explain why or how these experiences support the development of political efficacy. To address this gap, this paper explores the broad set of factors that influence political efficacy amongst adolescents, who are at a crucial age for identity development. By analysing interview data from 32 high school students and questionnaire responses from 142 undergraduates, I found evidence to support a model that includes a wide variety of factors that contribute to political efficacy, such as persistence, political interest and political trust. Based on this empirical model, I provide practical recommendations to educators and researchers interested in preparing students for active political participation.

Journal

Educational PsychologyTaylor & Francis

Published: May 1, 2013

Keywords: motivation; goal; self-efficacy; group dynamics; social outcomes; secondary education

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