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Positive Youth Development - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123864925, 9780123864949

Positive Youth Development, Volume 41

1st Edition

Serial Volume Editors: Richard Lerner Jacqueline Lerner Janette B. Benson
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123864925
eBook ISBN: 9780123864949
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 26th September 2011
Page Count: 444
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Table of Contents



Positive youth development

I. Introduction

II. Features of the PYD Process: The Relational, Developmental Systems “Lens”

III. The Study of Adolescence within the Relational, Developmental System

IV. The PYD Developmental Process Focuses on Individual ↔ Context Relations

V. An Overview of this Volume

VI. Conclusions


The development of intentional self-regulation in adolescence

I. Introduction

II. Adolescent Intentional Self-regulation: Operationalization and Theoretical Context

III. The Selection, Optimization, and Compensation Model

IV. Intentional Self-Regulation in Adolescence: Research Finding

V. Applying SOC Research to the Mentoring Context: Project GPS

VI. Intentional Self-Regulation in Adolescence: Limitations of Current Studies and Suggestions for Future Research

VII. Conclusions


Youth Purpose and Positive Youth Development

I. Introduction

II. PYD, Purpose, and Purpose-Like Constructs

III. Discussion

IV. Conclusions

Positive pathways to adulthood

I. Hope and Adolescents’ Future Orientations

II. Understanding Hope from a Developmental Systems Perspective

III. Prospections, Possibilities, and Purpose

IV. Consequences of Hopelessness

V. Empirical Evidence for the Role of Hope in PYD

VI. Conclusions: The Future Study of Hope

Intrinsic Motivation and Positive Development

I. Introduction

II. Intrinsic Motivation as a Catalyst of Learning and Development

III. Factors that Shape the Experience of IM

IV. How Youth Professionals Can Support the Development of Intrinsic Motivation

V. Conclusions: Combining Intrinsic Motivation and Positive Development


School engagement

I. PYD: A New Perspective on Young People and the Contexts of Their Life

II. School Engagement: History and Recent Developments

III. Theoretical Perspectives on School Engagement

IV. School Engagement: Toward an Integrated Conceptualization

V. The Operationalization and Measurement of School Engagement

VI. Summary and Conclusions


Religion, Spirituality, Positive Youth Development, and Thriving

I. Demographics of Adolescent Religiousness and Spirituality

II. Definitions of Key Concepts

III. A Developmental Systems Perspective on Religious and Spiritual Development

IV. Intersection of Spirituality and Thriving

V. The Influence of Religion and Spirituality on Positive Development

VI. Correlates of Religion, Spirituality and PYD

VII. Negative Aspects of Religion and Spirituality

VIII. Future Directions

IX. Conclusions

The contribution of the developmental assets framework to positive youth development theory and practice

I. Introduction

II. Developmental Assets: Overview of Research

III. Application of the Asset Framework to Policies and Programs

IV. Research from New Measures of Developmental Assets

V. Tracking Change in Developmental Assets Over Time

VI. Developmental Asset Profiles

VII. Next Steps in Research and Practice

Youth activity involvement and positive youth development

I. Adolescent Development and the PYD Perspective

II. Individual ↔ Context Relations in OST Activities: Findings from the 4-H Study of PYD

III. Toward Further Advances in Research and Application

IV. Conclusions


Media literacy and positive youth development

I. Overview of the PYD Perspective

II. Overview of Media Literacy Approach

III. Media Literacy and Civic Development

IV. News Media Literacy

V. Discussion and Conclusions


Advances in civic engagement research

I. What Do We Mean When We Say “Civic Engagement?”

II. Where We Go From Here

Shortridge Academy

I. The School

II. Positive Youth Development

III. A Comprehensive Implementation of PYD

IV. Discussion

V. Final Reflections


Integrating Theory and Method in the Study of Positive Youth Development

I. The Concepts of Selection, Optimization, and Compensation

II. The Bifactor Model

III. Data Examples

IV. Cross-sectional Bifactor Models for the PYD Data of the 4-H Study

V. Gender Differences in the Structure of SOC

VI. Longitudinal Characteristics of the SOC Structure

VII. Discussion

VIII. Conclusions

Appendix. LISREL Command File for the Autoregression Bifactor Model

Contents of Previous Volumes


Each chapter provides in-depth discussions and this volume serves as an invaluable resource for Developmental or educational psychology researchers, scholars, and students.

Key Features

  • Includes chapters that highlight some of the most recent research in the area of Positive Youth Development
  • Each chapter provides in-depth discussions
  • An invaluable resource for developmental or educational psychology researchers, scholars, and students


Developmental or educational psychology researchers, scholars, and students.


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About the Serial Volume Editors

Richard Lerner

Jacqueline Lerner

Janette B. Benson

Janette B. Benson

Janette B. Benson is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Denver. She served for five years as the Director of the University-wide Office of Academic Assessment and co-chaired the successful University reaccreditation. Most recently she served as the Associate Dean of the Morgridge College of Education (2014-2017). Dr. Benson’s expertise is in cognitive and sensorimotor development in infancy and early childhood, and her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, The MacArthur Foundation and the March of Dimes. Dr. Benson has published several articles, book chapters and has edited or co-edited several books, including The Encyclopedia of Infancy and Early Childhood Development. She has been the recipient of several awards and honors, including the University of Denver Scholar – Teacher of the Year (1993), the 2000 CASE Colorado Professor of the Year, a Carnegie Scholar, a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, member of the Board of Directors of Shortridge Academy, and the serial editor of Advances in Child Development and Behavior.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychology, University of Denver, CO, USA