As their social world begins expanding and the transition to the adult world is approaching, adolescents develop a natural desire to contribute to factors outside of themselves. Contribution is often through actions in small peer groups and family or more extensive settings in the community or organizations. Active engagement sets the tone for successful adulthood by allowing adolescents to achieve social acceptance, pursue close relationships, and experience a sense of purpose, autonomy, and identity.
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Fuligni, A. (2019). The need to contribute during adolescence. Perspectives on Psychological Science,14(3), 331-343. doi: 10.1177/1745691618805437