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Social Indicators Research

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 235–267 | Cite as

Commitment beyond self and adolescence: The issue of happiness

  • Zipora Magen
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Abstract

Is there a link between adolescents' experience of joy and fulfillment and their increased openness and commitment to the world and other human beings? A series of comparative studies was conducted investigating different adolescent samples according to cultural background (American Christians, Israeli Jews, Israeli Arabs), socio-economic status (low, high, disadvantaged), religiosity (observant, secular), and exceptionality (hearing impaired) and at different stages of prosocial involvement (non-involved, registered, and involved volunteers). Over and above group differences, the findings from all samples demonstrated that adolescents who realize positive experiences in greater depth and intensity, are also differentiated by a stronger desire to contribute to society and/or to be devoted to some aim beyond self. Implications for educators in fostering the social responsibility and self-fulfillment of young people from different backgrounds were discussed.

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Young People Social Responsibility Great Depth Cultural Background Positive Experience 
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  • Zipora Magen
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  1. 1.Tel Aviv UniversityIsrael

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