Jennifer Shubert

Jennifer Shubert
Utah Valley University | UVU · Department of Behavioral Science

PhD

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Despite renewed interest in the psychological study of character strengths, positive psychology remains marked by criticisms surrounding the differentiation of character strengths from other personality and developmental constructs. To highlight pathways for increased precision in character theory and empirical work, the study examined bidirectiona...
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Unprecedented levels of access to adolescents' time and attention provide opportunities to convert traditional character and socioemotional competencies interventions into behavioral intervention technologies. However, these new tools must be evaluated rather than assuming previously validated activities will be efficacious when converted to a mobi...
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Situational variation is consistently leveled as a criticism of character research and theory. Across adolescence, young people’s realization that they may display certain character strengths in some relational contexts (e.g., with peers) but not in others (e.g., with parents) may reflect a normative, underlying process of differentiation. Using a...
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The current study examined developmental change in future orientation and perseverance across childhood and adolescence. Drawing from stage-environment fit theory, the study examined how adolescents' perceptions of key school experiences (teacher support, school climate, high-quality organized activities, school transitions) and socioemotional comp...
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Endurance activities provide a key context for positive development. Using data from a longitudinal study of 398 adolescents and emerging adults participating in a charity marathon event, this study examined the multidimensionality of self-control, documented longitudinal change in inhibitory and initiatory self-control across program participation...
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Numerous studies have established that participation in regular physical activity provides physical, cognitive, and affective benefits to adolescents, but fewer studies have examined how athletic involvement might affect character, social, or religious developmental markers of psychosocial functioning. The purpose of this study is to examine the bi...
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Despite abundant research on the benefits of dispositional mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions, little is known about the naturally occurring developmental course of mindful awareness. Given dramatic strides during adolescence in competencies that may support mindfulness (e.g., emotion regulation), the high-school years are a suitable w...
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Parents promote character development in many ways: by cultivating a supportive relationship, modeling the strengths they hope to cultivate, and through the ideas they communicate to their children. Given the need for developmentally sensitive assessments of contexts that facilitate character development, this study examined the role of a family ci...
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Developmental theory posits that youth are civically engaged in different ways, patterns of civic development vary across individuals, and both stability and change in youth civic engagement can be influenced by experiences in context. Drawing on these notions, we used a longitudinal person-oriented approach to document stability and change in civi...
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Character strengths are an integral component of positive youth development that can promote flourishing. Developmental principles posit constructs become increasingly complex with age, yet this process has not been examined with character. Using a socioeconomically and ethnically diverse sample of 2,467 youth ages 9–19, bifactor models were estima...
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Civic engagement may benefit individuals who engage in it, yet empirical evidence is lacking. We examined whether civic engagement was associated with well-being in a seven-day daily diary study of 276 college students. Based on self-determination theory, we hypothesized that satisfaction of basic psychological needs mediates the link between civic...
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Sample: Analyses tested for cohort differences in community service and for individual differences in developmental trajectories by socioeconomic status, gender, grades, religiosity, race/ethnicity, college expectations, and college degree attainment. Using Monitoring the Future data from 1976 to 2011, the best-fitting latent growth model for comm...
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Many scholars posit that engaging in civic actions enhances mental health, yet existing evidence is limited. To address gaps in the literature and advance understanding of benefits of civic engagement from adolescence to young adulthood, we estimated a longitudinal structural model to test bidirectional associations between civic engagement (i.e.,...
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Character has a rich history in philosophy and education, yet there has been relatively little theoretical and empirical work explicating the course of character development across childhood and adolescence (Berkowitz & Bier, 2014). Recent theoretical work suggests that in childhood, character may exist as a global structure; across adolescence, th...
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Engaged citizens help improve society, increase community vitality, and solve social problems (Levine, 2013). Civic engagement may also benefit health and well-being. Particularly as youth transition to adulthood, civic engagement can optimize thriving by providing opportunities for meaningful agentic experiences and identity exploration (Flanagan...
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Person-Centered Approach to Exploring the Role of Ecological Assets in Character Development
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Recent advances in positive youth development theory and research explicate complex associations between adaptive functioning and risk behavior, acknowledging that high levels of both co-occur in the lives of some adolescents. However, evidence on nuanced overlapping developmental trajectories of adaptive functioning and risk has been limited to 1...
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Recent years have seen a renewed interest in the psychological study of character as scholars suggest that character is a key component that leads to well-being and thriving (e.g. Damon & Lerner, 2008). A new theoretical model based on relational developmental systems (RDS) theory has suggested that character should be viewed as an adaptive regulat...
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Civic engagement is widely considered an outcome of positive youth development (Larson, 2000), thus understanding its precursors is imperative. Applying Grusec and Davidov’s (2010) domain-specific socialization approach can help us better understand socialization processes underlying youth civic development. Three domains may be particularly salien...
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Character strengths such as generosity, and gratitude have been empirically linked to civic behaviors (Hardy & Carlo, 2005; Mikulincer & Shaver, 2010), and theoretical work posits that multiple character strengths should relate to prosocial behaviors (Peterson & Seligman, 2004). Values, such as social responsibility, have frequently been associated...
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Building on value socialization and personal values theories, this study examined adolescents' open-ended reports of the values their families emphasize. Based on open-ended reports of an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse sample of adolescents, we described adolescent-reported familial values using qualitative and cluster analysis techniques...

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