Modelling Positive Youth Development, Life Satisfaction and Problem Behaviour among Malay Youths in Malaysia

Mohamad, Mahadzirah and Mohammad , Morliyati and Mat Ali @ Salim, Nor Azman (2015) Modelling Positive Youth Development, Life Satisfaction and Problem Behaviour among Malay Youths in Malaysia. In: 1st World Islamic Social Science Congress (WISSC, 2015), 1-2 December 2015, Putrajaya, Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Youths were the important resources to ensure the nation’s continuous growth and prosperity. They were described as living in their comfort zone enjoying the country’s affluent, not optimising their highest potential. Thus, youths should be developed and guided to enable them to become productive resources to prepare them for future undertakings in developing the country. In Malaysia, it was reported that most issues related to social problems such drug abused and delinquency behaviour involved Malay youths. Promoting positive youth development influences youths to achieve life satisfaction and refrains them from becoming involved in problem behaviour activities. The main purpose of this study was to reduce problem behaviour among youth. Specifically, the objectives of this study were to identify predicting factors that would influence youth problem behaviour. These predicting factors were positive youth development and youth life satisfaction. In this case, life satisfaction was treated as the mediating variable. This study adopted a cross-sectional research design involving Malay youths who participated in the youth programmes organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sport. The respondents were selected using a two-step sampling technique namely area sampling and systematic sampling. The data was collected using self- administered questionnaires comprising items to measure the three major constructs in the study: positive youth development, life satisfaction and problem behaviour. Structural Equation Modelling was used to test the proposed model’s goodness of fit and hypotheses. The findings of this study would propose a model of Positive Youth Development, Life Satisfaction and Problem Behaviour and suggest areas of improvements in the different aspects of positive youth development and youth life satisfaction. The study would recommend intervention programmes/strategies to increase positive youth development and life satisfaction in order to reduce problem behaviour among Malay youths in Malaysia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Positive Development, Life Satisfaction, Problem Behaviour, Youths
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Economics & Management Sciences
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Mahadzirah Mohamad
Date Deposited: 27 Dec 2015 02:54
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2015 02:54
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/4188

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