Title

Teens Hanging Out: A Study of the Form and Function of the Occupation

Start Time

15-11-2002 3:00 PM

End Time

15-11-2002 4:15 PM

Abstract

Throughout time there has been a need for people to gather and socialize. This need has been met via different types of activities for different age groups. Teenagers today have their own unique set of activities and reasons for hanging out, meeting a variety of their needs. The purpose of this study is to describe the occupation of hanging out for teenagers in terms of the activities that comprise this occupation and the meaning it holds for the teens. Focus group interviews were conducted with four groups (one all males, one all females and two mixed groups) of suburban teenagers between 14 and 17 years of age. This was followed by participant observation of a sub-sample of volunteers at the mall as well as several individual interviews. Convenience sampling was used to obtain subjects. Content analysis of the transcribed data resulted in several categories of activities that the teens reported while hanging out. These included playful, social, entertainment and shopping types of activities. Additionally, a variety of reasons for engagement in these particular activities emerged. Social approval and something to do being the most meaningful reasons for these teens in hanging out.

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Teens Hanging Out: A Study of the Form and Function of the Occupation

Throughout time there has been a need for people to gather and socialize. This need has been met via different types of activities for different age groups. Teenagers today have their own unique set of activities and reasons for hanging out, meeting a variety of their needs. The purpose of this study is to describe the occupation of hanging out for teenagers in terms of the activities that comprise this occupation and the meaning it holds for the teens. Focus group interviews were conducted with four groups (one all males, one all females and two mixed groups) of suburban teenagers between 14 and 17 years of age. This was followed by participant observation of a sub-sample of volunteers at the mall as well as several individual interviews. Convenience sampling was used to obtain subjects. Content analysis of the transcribed data resulted in several categories of activities that the teens reported while hanging out. These included playful, social, entertainment and shopping types of activities. Additionally, a variety of reasons for engagement in these particular activities emerged. Social approval and something to do being the most meaningful reasons for these teens in hanging out.