Past and Present Rites of Passage and Their Effect on Self Esteem

Past and Present Rites of Passage and Their Effect on Self Esteem

by Christopher Craig
     
 

Rites of passage were historically an integral and formal part of a young person's journey toward adulthood and thus, were a major component in the development of self-esteem. This thesis considers adolescent rites of passage as an archetypal need. The author explores how modern manifestations of these ancient rites lack mentorship and reincorporation into the… See more details below

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Rites of passage were historically an integral and formal part of a young person's journey toward adulthood and thus, were a major component in the development of self-esteem. This thesis considers adolescent rites of passage as an archetypal need. The author explores how modern manifestations of these ancient rites lack mentorship and reincorporation into the community. Twenty-eight youths working as crewmembers for the Youth Corps of Southern Arizona (YCOSA) were surveyed pre and post-course to measure differences in self-esteem during an eight week wilderness program. Quantitative data revealed a statistically significant increase in self-esteem as measured by both the Coopersmith (1975) and Rosenberg (1989) self-esteem inventories, and empirical results suggests the experience was life changing, and that programs such of these may serve as modern day rites of passage for today's youth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783847328131
Publisher:
AV Akademikerverlag GmbH & Co. KG.
Publication date:
02/23/2012
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.23(d)

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