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Purpose pathway
Purpose orientation
Adolescents
Resilience
Self-driven learning
Positive youth development
Issue Date: 
2022
Citation: 
Zhu, G., & Burrow, A. L. (2022). Gains in youth resilience during self-driven learning may be moderated by their pathways to purpose. The Journal of Positive Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2022.2119813
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The Journal of Positive Psychology
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Research suggests a sense of purpose begins developing in earnest during adolescence, which may shape youth’s interests and resilience. Here, we explored the types of purpose orientations reflected in youth’s applications to a self-driven learning program, and how distinct pathways by which youth pursued these purposes moderated their resilience throughout the program. A content analysis of 356 youth’s (Mage = 16.53, 57.02% female) descriptions of and rationales for choosing their learning topics found that career, creative, and prosocial purposes were the most prevalent; and about 70% of participants indicated following proactive pathways toward purposes. Moreover, youth’s resilience significantly increased throughout the program, a pattern amplified among youth whose applications revealed a proactive purpose pathway (gradually developing and pursuing an interest) relative to reactive or social-learning pathways. Findings underscore important links between purpose pathways and resilience and have implications for designing learning opportunities that facilitate positive youth development.
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1743-9760 (print)
1743-9779 (online)
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Grant ID: 
136823
Funding Agency: 
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
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Embargo_20231001
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