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Other-oriented purpose: The potential roles of beliefs about the world and other people

Publication Authors: 
Brandy Quinn
Publication Year: 
2012, available online
Publication Journal: 
Youth & Society. DOI: 10.1177/0044118X12452435.

This article reports on a qualitative study of youth interviews representing different types of other-oriented purpose. In order to better understand youth contribution, differences in the directness of responses to community needs were examined in youth who demonstrated other-oriented purpose. Implicit theories about the world and other people were investigated as potential determinants of these different types. First, results supported a relation between incremental world theories and indirect-response other-oriented purposes. Second, results showed that participants with direct-response other-oriented purposes displayed evidence of either entity or incremental theories. Agency and compassion are suggested as explanations for why implicit theories functioned differently between the identified types of other-oriented purpose.