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A habit of social action: understanding the factors associated with adolescents who have made a habit of helping others

Taylor-Collins, Emma, Harrison, Tom, Thomas, Steve and Moller, Francisco 2019. A habit of social action: understanding the factors associated with adolescents who have made a habit of helping others. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations 30 (1) , pp. 98-114. 10.1007/s11266-018-00070-8

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Abstract

Youth social action – activities such as volunteering, campaigning, and fundraising – has gained traction in the UK and internationally in recent years as governments have supported initiatives to encourage adolescents to develop a ‘habit’ of social action. However, there is not convincing evidence on what a habit of social action is. This study involved a questionnaire with 4,518 16-20 year olds in the UK and finds that moral and civic virtue identity, perceived behavioural control, goal direction, and subjective norms are related to a habit of youth social action. A key contribution of this study is the development and application of a new measure of virtue identity – the Virtue Identity Measure – to which we pay particular attention in this article.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Springer US
ISSN: 1573-7888
Funders: Templeton Foundation
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 2 November 2018
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019 13:43
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/116553

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