Self-Esteem, Life Satisfaction, and Positive Future Perception among at-Risk and Comparison Group Participants in National Civic Service

Tehila Refaeli, Drorit Levy, Rami Benbenishty

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Abstract

This study focuses on a program designed to engage at-risk youth in the National Civic Service (NCS) in Israel with the goal of enabling them to better integrate into normative adult lives. This exploratory study employed a cross-sectional design and compared groups of at-risk female volunteers (N = 426) with comparison groups of not at-risk participants in the NCS (N = 456). For both of them, three sub-groups were examined at different stages of their service: the beginning, near the end, and about one year after finishing the service. In both the at-risk and comparison groups, self-esteem was higher among the alumni compared to those at earlier stages of the program. Life satisfaction was generally much lower among the at-risk group, but after service completion, both groups reported higher life satisfaction. There were no significant differences between the groups in their future perceptions. The implications of these findings for policy and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-435
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 27 May 2018

Keywords

  • At-risk youth
  • future expectations
  • life satisfaction
  • national civic service
  • self-esteem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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