Between being unique and being like everyone else: The development of sense of agency in young women at risk

Rivka Tuval-Mashiach, Drorit Levy, Tehila Refaeli, Noa Polak-Verdiger, Anat Zeira, Rami Benbenishty

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A positive sense of agency is crucial for a successful transition to adulthood. Young women at risk may struggle with a compromised sense of agency due to their backgrounds and daily challenges, potentially delaying them at the stage of emerging adulthood when they are required to become independent. The current paper looks at the development of agency through the experiences of young women at risk who successfully graduated from a National Civic Service (NCS) volunteering program. Thirty alumni of the program were interviewed about their experiences in the program. Participants described the NCS as providing them with a transformative experience, during which they gained a new sense of agency. Three themes emerged, which represent two complementary needs to become normative, and to stand out as unique: Gaining a sense of normalcy and belonging, feeling worthy through others' eyes, and gaining an internalized sense of competency. Implications of these findings for theory and practice are discussed.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo104524
PublicaciónChildren and Youth Services Review
EstadoPublicada - dic. 2019

Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus

  • Educación
  • Psicología educativa y evolutiva
  • Sociología y ciencias políticas

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