How voice affects perceptions of relationships with adults, ownership and engagement in youth

TitleHow voice affects perceptions of relationships with adults, ownership and engagement in youth
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsCater, MDW
DegreePh.D.
UniversityLouisiana State University
City/Place PublishedBaton Rouge, LA
Thesis TypeDoctoral diss.
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if youth "having a voice" affects the ownership and engagement experienced by youth in a county 4-H program. Treatment groups included youth and adults sharing decision-making power vs. youth experiencing an adult-led approach. A youth voice survey instrument was developed. Analysis of covariance was utilized to determine differences between groups and if differences existed between youth based on race. All findings were statistically significant. In programs incorporating voice, youth experience more ownership, engagement and had a more positive relationship with adults. Adults should receive training to support youth as decision-makers.

URLhttps://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/gradschool_dissertations/2926/