Self-Esteem, Life Satisfaction, and Positive Future Perception among at-Risk and Comparison Group Participants in National Civic Service Academic Article uri icon


  • This study focuses on a program designed to engage at-risk youth in the National Civic Service (NCS) in Israel with the goal of enabling them to better integrate into normative adult lives. This exploratory study employed a cross-sectional design and compared groups of at- risk female volunteers (N= 426) with comparison groups of not at-risk participants in the NCS (N= 456). For both of them, three sub-groups were examined at different stages of their service: the beginning, near the end, and about one year after finishing the service. In both the at-risk and comparison groups, self-esteem was higher among the alumni compared to those at earlier stages of the program. Life satisfaction was generally much lower among the at-risk group, but after service completion, both groups reported higher life satisfaction. There were no significant differences between the groups in their future perceptions. The …

publication date

  • May 30, 2018