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Who crosses the norms? Predictors of the readiness for non-normative political participation among adolescents

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Year of publication 2018
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journal of Adolescence
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Psychology
Keywords Institutional trust; Interpersonal relationships; Non-normative political participation; Optimism; Political self-efficacy
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Description This study investigated whether adolescents' readiness for non-normative political participation (i.e., readiness to confront social rules for political reasons) was predicted by their interpersonal problems (with parents, teachers, and classmates), low optimism, and political beliefs (political self-efficacy and distrust in public institutions). A structural equation model using two-wave longitudinal data from Czech high school students (N = 768; 54% females; age range at T1 = 14–17, M = 15.97; T2 data collected 1.5 years later) showed that the changes in adolescents' readiness for non-normative participation were predicted by their lower institutional trust. Interpersonal relationships or optimism had no cross-sectional or longitudinal effect on the readiness for non-normative participation. These results suggest that the main source of adolescents' readiness for non-normative political actions lies in their political beliefs, while the effect of adolescents' interpersonal problems is less clear.
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