Measuring Positive Youth Development in Malaysia

Mahadzirah , Mohamad and Morliyati, Mohammad (2014) Measuring Positive Youth Development in Malaysia. In: The 1st International Conference on Creative Management 2014 (MIS-ICCM 2014), 17-19 September 2014, School of Management and Information Sciences, University of Phayao, Phayao Thailand.

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Abstract

The main purpose of this study was to identify the underlying factors that measured positive youth development among Malay youths in Malaysia. This is to ensure that youth development programmes would be developed based on the aspects of positive youth development identified in this study. Data was collected at youth programmes organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Malaysia using self- administered questionnaires among Malay youths. A total of 431 youths were involved in this study, comprising 204 males and 227 females. Structural equation modelling (SEM) was used to analyse the data. The respondents were selected using a two-step sampling technique starting with an area sampling and followed by a systematic sampling. The findings of the study suggest that the measurement model of positive youth development was valid, reliable and achieved an acceptable level of goodness-of-fit. The findings also suggest that there are four underlying factors that measured positive youth development, identified as self-determination, self- competence, pro- social norms and bonding. These factors are aspects of positive youth development that require emphasis in youth development programmes to ensure sustainable youth development that would give benefits to individuals, and contribute to the wellbeing of the society and prosperity of the nation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Economics & Management Sciences
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Mahadzirah Mohamad
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2014 07:07
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2014 07:07
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/2276

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