Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 10, Issue 6, pp 507–523 | Cite as

Keeping the faith: Psychosocial correlates of activism persistence into middle adulthood

  • Stephen I. Abramowitz
  • Alberta J. Nassi


This study was conducted to determine certain ideological, personological, lifestyle, and familial correlates of activism persistence into middle adulthood. Almost 15 years following their arrest for participation in the Free Speech Movement, 30 former Berkeley activists responded to a political activity scale and measures selected to tap variables in each of the contextual domains. Although persisters did not differ from nonpersisters with respect to most lifestyle dimensions, they were distinguished by more radical beliefs, stronger repudiation of Protestant ethic values, and a stronger family legacy of social concern. The results provide more support for theories of activists' adult development based on notions of generational continuity, rather than generational rebellion.


Health Psychology School Psychology Political Activity Activity Scale Free Speech 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen I. Abramowitz
    • 1
  • Alberta J. Nassi
    • 1
  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaDavis

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