The Psychological Importance of Youth Culture

  title={The Psychological Importance of Youth Culture},
  author={Jacques Janssen and Mark Dechesne and Ad van Knippenberg},
  journal={Youth \& Society},
  pages={152 - 167}
In the literature, youth culture has been addressed in two distinct ways: the aesthetic approach, which has led to criticism of youth culture, and the empirical approach, in which the functions and benefits of youth culture have been stressed. In this article, Terror Management Theory (TMT) is used to provide a functional approach to youth culture. According to TMT, culture is conceived of as a buffer against the awareness of death. To assess the anxiety-buffering function of youth culture, an… 

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