Beyond the Self grew out of a conference of developmental scientists who examined the ways that young people were developing understandings of self that anchored youth to something larger than their own personal competencies and success. Each of the papers drew on the question of how one locates the formation of identity within the scope of different transcending demands or influences. This special issue is organized into three parts--moral, civic, and cultural and religous identity--but are not exclusive in their focus on these themes as many of the sections provide a more integrated view of human development. In sum, these articles recognize that the search for identity and purpose within adolescence is informed by a multiplicity of voices.
Contents: J.L. Furrow, L.M. Wagener, Editors' Introduction: Beyond the Self: Perspectives on Identity and Transcendence Among Youth: A View of the Issues. Section I: Moral Identity and Purpose. W. Damon, J. Menon, K. Bronk, The Development of Purpose During Adolescence. K. Reimer, Committed to Caring: Transformation in Adolescent Moral Identity. N. Nasir, B. Kirshner, The Cultural Construction of Moral and Civic Identity. Section II: Civic Identity. E. Metz, J. Youniss, September 11 and Service: A Longitudinal Study of High School Students' Views and Responses. R. Atkins, D. Hart, Neighborhoods, Adults, and the Development of Civic Identity in Urban Youth. C. Flanagan, Trust, Identity, and Civic Hope. R.M. Lerner, E.M. Dowling, P.M. Anderson, Positive Youth Development: Thriving as the Basis of Personhood and Civil Society. Section III: Cultural and Religious Identity. M.B. Spencer, S.G. Fegley, V. Harpalani, A Theoretical and Empirical Examination of Identity as Coping: Linking Coping Resources to the Self Processes of African American Youth. L.A. Jensen, Coming of Age in a Multicultural World: Globalization and Adolescent Cultural Identity Formation. P.E. King, Religion and Identity: The Role of Ideological, Social, and Spiritual Contexts. P.L. Benson, E.C. Roehlkepartain, S.P. Rude, Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolesence: Toward a Field of Inquiry.