A Positive Youth Development Model for Child and Youth Programs

Jeffrey M. Jenson, Catherine F. Alter, Nicole Nicotera, Elizabeth K. Anthony and Shandra S. Forrest-Bank

in Risk, Resilience, and Positive Youth Development

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755882
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979509 | DOI:
A Positive Youth Development Model for Child and Youth Programs

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The application of risk and resilience frameworks to the developmental phases of childhood and adolescence has led to significant advances in preventing and treating social and behavior problems experienced by young people. Yet many practitioners note that the emphasis on individual deficits associated with risk and resilience models limits their capacity to develop interventions and programs that acknowledge the many strengths and assets in a young person’s life. Consequently, alternate models to risk and resilience that focus on aspects of positive youth development have been implemented by many community-based agencies. Interventions derived from these models promote the healthy development of children and youth by incorporating program elements aimed at maximizing positive social bonds and improving competencies in individual, social, and environmental contexts. This chapter traces the origin and describes the evolution of the positive youth development framework. This chapter also explores similarities and differences between positive youth development and the risk and resilience model presented in Chapter 1.

Keywords: at-risk youth; positive youth development; assets; resilience

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