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Self-determination theory and the role of political interest in adolescents' sociopolitical development
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. Youth & Society.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5214-9921
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. Center for Developmental Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7546-2275
2017 (English)In: Journal of applied developmental psychology, ISSN 0193-3973, E-ISSN 1873-7900, Vol. 50, 71-78 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this study we adopted an agentic perspective and used self-determination theory to analyze the role of political interest in youth's sociopolitical development. Inspired by this theoretical framework, we identified indicators of the needs for autonomy, relatedness, and competence within the political sphere. We followed two age cohorts (Swedish 13- and 16-year-olds) over one year, with a total of 1992 adolescents, who are at a crucial age for sociopolitical development. Results from autoregressive structural cross-lagged models indicated that political interest predicted significant increases in autonomy, relatedness, and competence over one year, but these psychological needs did not predict a change in political interest over the same time period. The findings speak in favor of an agentic perspective, suggesting that political interest can serve as a basis for youth's political development.

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Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 50, 71-78 p.
Keyword [en]
Political interest, Longitudinal design, Adolescence, Self-determination theory
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-58962DOI: 10.1016/j.appdev.2017.03.008ISI: 000404701500007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85019392180OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-58962DiVA: diva2:1129624
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, M2008-0073:1-PK
Available from: 2017-08-04 Created: 2017-08-04 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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