Applied Developmental Science
This article reports on the early lessons from a multiphase, multimethod study of youth civic engagement. It uses insights from expert discussions along with a series of focus groups to explore how young adults approach politics, volunteerism, community, civic duty, and generational identity. The study finds many of the distinguishing characteristics of today's youth to be subtle and nuanced, which poses unique challenges for qualitative research of the generation. The important implications of language are discussed in detail.
Andolina, Molly W.; Jenkins, Krista; Keester, Scott; and Zukin, Cliff, "Searching for the Meaning of Youth Civic Engagement: Notes from the Field" (2002). Civic Engagement. 16.