Identifying the practice components of youth councils: contributions of theory
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Citation (published version)M. Collins, A. Augsberger, W. Gecker. 2018. "Identifying the practice components of youth councils: Contributions of theory." Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, Volume 35, Issue 6, pp. 599 - 610. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-018-0551-7
Social workers are involved in numerous efforts to engage youth in programs, communities, and civic life. One potential strategy has focused on engagement and empowerment of youth through the form of youth councils. Multiple theoretical frames have characterized the scholarly literature. This has limited the conceptual coherence of the field. In this paper, we report empirical data on the operation of several youth councils. We analyze the data to identify the implicit frameworks in use and apply the data from our study to sort practice components within frameworks. This effort is designed to improve conceptualization of youth councils, to inform the development of councils, and eventually to improve outcomes of councils.