Pathways to Positive Development Among Diverse Youth. New Directions for Youth Development, Number 95. J-B MHS Single Issue Mental Health Services

  • ID: 2215906
  • Book
  • 170 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Positive youth development represents an emerging emphasis in developmental thinking that is focused on the incredible potential of adolescents to maintain healthy trajectories and develop resilience, even in the face of myriad negative influences. This volume discusses the theory, research, policy, and programs that take this strength–based, positive development approach to diverse youth. Examines theoretical ideas about the nature of positive youth development, and about the related concepts of thriving and well–being, as well as current and needed policy strategies, best practice in youth–serving programs, and promising community–based efforts to marshal the developmental assets of individuals and communities to enhance thriving among youth.
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Issue Editors Notes (Richard M. Lerner, Carl S. Taylor, Alexander von Eye).

Executive Summary.

1. Positive youth development: Thriving as the basis of personhoodand civil society (Richard M. Lerner, Cornelia Brentano, Elizabeth M. Dowling,Pamela M. Anderson)

Theoretical issues pertinent to a developmental systems understanding of positive youth development, and to the role of thriving processes and civic engagement in such development, are discussed.

2. Stability of attributes of positive functioning and of developmentalassets among African American adolescent male gang and community–based organization members (Carl S. Taylor, Richard M. Lerner, Alexander von Eye,Aida Bilalbegovic Balsano, Elizabeth M. Dowling, Pamela M. Anderson, Deborah L. Bobek, Dragana Bjelobrk)

Longitudinal analysis of positive functioning and of individual and ecological developmental assets among African American male youth involved in gangs or in community–based organizations provides evidence for thepotential of positive development among both adolescent groups.

3. Individual and ecological assets and positive developmental trajectoriesamong gang and community–based organization youth (Carl S. Taylor, Richard M. Lerner, Alexander von Eye, Aida Bilalbegovic Balsano, Elizabeth M. Dowling,Pamela M. Anderson, Deborah L. Bobek, Dragana Bjelobrk)

Across a one–year longitudinal assessment, both individual and ecological assets are linked to positive developmental trajectories among African American male youth involved in gangs and in community–based organizations serving youth.

4. Identity processes and the positive development of African Americans: An explanatory framework (Dena Phillips Swanson, Margaret Beale Spencer, Tabitha Dell Angelo, Vinay Harpalani, Tirzah R. Spencer)

Spencer s phenomenological variant of ecological systems theory frames an understanding of positive youth development and of the contextual and individual factors promoting it among African American adolescents.

5. Adolescent risk: The costs of affluence (Suniya S. Luthar, Shawn J. Latendresse)

Adjustment disturbances among youth in upper–class suburbia are discussed, and potential reasons for these problems are identified.

6. Adolescent development in social and community context: A program of research (Peter L. Benson)

An integrated stream of research on the linkages among community, developmental assets, and health outcomes is presented.

7. Creating the conditions linked to positive youth development (Robert C. Granger)

A framework is described for conceptualizing interventions intended to create the conditions linked to positive youth development.

Index.
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RICHARD M. LERNER is the Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science in the Eliot–Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University.

CARL S. TAYLOR is professor in the Department of Family and Child Ecology at Michigan State University.

ALEXANDER VON EYE is professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University.

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