Youth civic engagement: Challenges for social cohesion in Latin America


Political psychology in Latin America

The quality of social interactions among individuals and groups is increasingly recognized as the basis on which to support a democratic and cohesive society. This chapter focuses on systematizing knowledge and adding empirical local evidence related to the study of predictors of civic engagement that are conducive to social cohesion in Latin America, taking Chile as a representative country. It presents three empirical contributions developed in the Chilean context. The first is a study of the interplay among school-based factors and the role of citizenship self-efficacy in civic participation in Chilean adolescents. The second study examined trajectories of cohesive classrooms in multicultural and heterogeneous settings. The third study provided preliminary results from an intervention to promote prosocial behavior and civic participation in young Chileans of differing socioeconomic status. Finally, the chapter discusses the implications of these findings for political psychology as a discipline. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved)

Como citar: Kanacri, B. P. L., Jiménez-Moya, G., & González, R. (2021). Youth civic engagement: Challenges for social cohesion in Latin America. In C. Zúñiga & W. López-López (Eds.), Political psychology in Latin America (pp. 79–104). American Psychological Association.