London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Expected political participation: Differences between adolescents with and without behavioural problems

Author(s) Kõiv, K.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2010  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship  
Age group -  
The four-domain structure for students’ expected political activities has yielded valuable information about differences between the structure of adolescents’ views on future political participation in terms of political obligations, political rights, voluntary activities and protest. The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) self-reported version was completed for 325 adolescents for 11 to 16 years and prevalence rates of SDQ scales were calculated. A total of 26.8% of boys and girls were classified as abnormal in the total difficulties score and these pupils determined as a group of adolescents with difficulties, whereby the others contain the group of adolescents without problems. Measured with extended version of Expected Participation in Political Activities questionnaire two clear tendencies were revealed: (1) adolescents without behaviour problems tended to have higher scores in expected political participation in two areas – political rights and voluntary activities, compared with problematic adolescents, and (2) problematic adolescents tended to demonstrate higher level of political participation in the area of political protest activities.

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