This brief explores the link between rural youths’ identification with their community, their self-esteem, and their future plans. The panel study of New Hampshire’s Coos County youth offers a snapshot into the dynamics of a population that is developing its identity in a region that is undergoing an identity transformation of its own. Place identity may be influential in how individuals think of themselves and their futures, particularly for youth in the process of forming an identity. The study reveals the importance of developing community programs and activities for youth that create social ties to form a positive identification with the place they live and consequently improve their self-esteem and the likelihood for staying or returning to their communities in later adulthood.
Durham, N.H. : Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire
Cox, Genevieve R. and Tucker, Corinna, "No place like home: place and community identity among north country youth" (2011). The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository. Paper 127.
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