Youth and Adult Perceptions of Their Relationships Within Community-Based Youth Programs

  • Kenneth R. Jones University of Kentucky
  • Daniel F. Perkins The Pennsylvania State University
Keywords: positive youth development, youth-adult relationships, youth-adult partnerships, youth-adult perceptions

Abstract

This study examined perceptions and experiences of youth and adults engaged in various types of community-based youth-adult relationships. Involvement and interaction rating scales were completed by 108 participants involved in community groups from 12 communities in 10 states. The rating scale measured three constructs: youth involvement, adult involvement, and youth- adult interaction. Significant gender differences in participants’ perceptions were found on all three constructs, with females being more positive. Rural participants were found to be significantly more positive than urban participants on the construct of youth involvement. Finally, significant differences were found between all participants within categories of the youth-adult relationship continuum. Participants in youth-led collaborations were significantly more positive toward youth involvement than participants in adult-led collaborations. Moreover, adults in youth-adult partnerships were significantly more positive toward youth involvement and youth-adult interaction than those adults in adult-led collaborations.

Published
2020-11-17
How to Cite
Jones, K., & Perkins, D. (2020). Youth and Adult Perceptions of Their Relationships Within Community-Based Youth Programs. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 24, 240-259. https://doi.org/10.5195/jcycw.2012.64
Section
Research and Practice Articles