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Building responsibility through hard work

Are youth programmes which focus on fun and games likely to build responsibility and self-discipline in young people? According to a recent study youth groups which expect a lot from teenagers, are highly structured, contain hard work and hold teens accountable are much more likely to help them develop.

The study published in the February issue of Child Development surveyed more than 100 American young people who had participated in 11 different summer and after-school progammes. Those who said that their youth group aimed at developing responsibility said that this goal was achieved by being given important official roles, investing time, committing to the other young people and adults on the programmes, and carrying out demanding tasks.

The study shows that though young people may find some tasks difficult, demanding and sometimes boring these types of activities are the ones which are beneficial for their development. To read the article click here

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