Leadership characteristics that influence adolescents to follow

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Publication Type dissertation
School or College College of Health
Department Parks, Recreation & Tourism
Author Ward, Peter J
Title Leadership characteristics that influence adolescents to follow
Date 2010
Description This study identified leader characteristics that may promote followership among adolescents. One hundred ninety-three 12- and 13- year-old males participating in Boy Scouts of America troops took part in the study. Participants evaluated a series of leader scenarios constructed to represent six leadership variables: intimacy, cognitive dissonance, idealized influence, social status, social support, and interpersonal conflict. Following review of each scenario, participants ranked their desire to follow the type of leader represented by that scenario. The scenarios were constructed using a fractional factorial design. Eight orthogonal scenarios were created to test the main effects of these variables. Data were analyzed through multilevel modeling techniques. The hypotheses tested were that positive intimate relationships, low cognitive dissonance, positive idealized influence, positive social status, positive social support, and low interpersonal rivalry would promote greater followership among adolescent peers. All of the null hypotheses were rejected (p < .01). Developing understanding of these criteria has positive ramifications for the youth development movement and practitioners in helping youth to develop into healthy functioning adults.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Followership; Peer group; Youth development; Youth leadership
Dissertation Institution University of Utah
Dissertation Name PhD
Language eng
Rights Management ©Peter J. Ward
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 727,642 bytes
Source original in Marriott Library Special Collections ; HM15.5 2010 .W37
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Setname ir_etd
Date Created 2012-04-23
Date Modified 2018-04-17
ID 193160
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6zg76tx