Roger Hart, Collette Daiute, Selim Iltus, David Kritt, Michaela Rome, and Kim Sabo


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Developmental Theory and Children’s Participation in Community Organizations

This article discusses the changing ecology of children from different cultures as their identity and their understanding of the social world take shape. Identity is essentially a social concept, one that feminist psychological theorists link to political struggle, and children need to be involved in community in order to better develop self-concept, autonomy, social competence, social responsibility, community identity, and political self-determination. This review of the psychological literature also addresses how and why children establish youth cultures.

child development, child psychology, community participation, cooperation, identity, youth culture

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 24, No. 3 (1997): 33-63