Help facilitate focus groups to explore how young people experience the intersectional and contextual nuances of age-based oppression and discrimination.
Despite some recent studies of how adultism (i.e., age-based oppression or discrimination against young people) hampers youths’ abilities to connect with adult caregivers and professionals and the emergence of possible anti-adultist approaches to youth work, adultism has yet to be fully theorized.
A detailed, ground-up understanding of adultism, including its multiple dimensions and forms, is crucial to the design and delivery of effective interventions with youth. Equipped with youth perspectives of how adultism affects their engagement with programs and providers, it will be possible to reduce structural adultism and implicit adultist bias and strengthen youth services.
To that end, the purpose of the current study is to construct a grounded theory of perceived adultism that accounts for how adultism varies or remains consistent across diverse contexts, including services for youth in foster care (YFC) and runaway and homeless youth (RHY), community-based youth programs, schools, and families. Study findings promise to shed light on how adultism functions within various settings and will serve as the necessary foundation for future research, including the development of a perceived adultism scale.
Students will be invited to participate in the dissemination of study findings (e.g., presenting at conferences, co-authoring publications).
|Length of commitment||Semester long (about 3-5 months)|
|Start time||Fall 2022|
|In-person, remote, or hybrid? ||Remote|
|Level of collaboration||Small group project (3-4 students) |
|Benefits||Research experience; academic credit|
|Who is eligible||All undergraduate students, especially those with backgrounds in social work, sociology, psychology|
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