The Protective Value of a Positive Role Model

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Adolescence is a key time for identity formation when young people look to the adults around them to determine appropriate and acceptable behaviour and source models of who they would like to become in the future. This can work either positively or negatively and some adults may be more influential than others.
A study by Hurd at al (2009) looked at both the negative influences of non-parental adults and the possible protective effect of role models for young people exposed to such adults. The study comprised 659 African–American ninth graders and demonstrated that exposure to negative adult behaviour was associated with an increased incidence of internalizing, externalizing and substance misuse behaviours as well as more negative attitude to and poorer behaviour at school. Role models appeared to have a protective effect for both internalizing and externalizing behaviours and counteracted the negative impact at school. Many respondents nominated their parent as a role model and the results suggest that adolescents benefit from this relationship beyond traditional parental contributions like support and monitoring.

For young people who do not have such a resource, support workers play a crucial role in providing this much needed and protective role modelling.

Hurd,N., Marc A. Zimmerman,M.,Xue,Y.(2009) Negative Adult Influences and the Protective Effects of Role Models: A Study with Urban Adolescents J Youth Adolescence 38:777–789

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