Neighborhoods, Adults, and the Development of Civic Identity in Urban Youth

  title={Neighborhoods, Adults, and the Development of Civic Identity in Urban Youth},
  author={Robert C. Atkins and Daniel A. Hart},
  journal={Applied Developmental Science},
  pages={156 - 164}
Civic identity is presented as a key construct for understanding adolescent development. We argue that high-poverty, urban neighborhoods make it difficult for youth to develop civic identities. Hypotheses regarding the effects of poverty and urbanicity on the development of civic identity are tested in analyses of the National Household Education Survey of 1999. Results from the analyses demonstrate that youth from urban neighborhoods are less likely than their suburban and rural counterparts… Expand
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