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Scientific research and science-guided practice based on the promotion of an individual's strengths constitutes a radical shift in a new and growing area of study within the field of human development. Its trademark term is `positive youth development'. This approach to human development is based on the idea that, in addition to preventing problems, science and practice should promote the development of competencies, skills, and motivation in order to enhance individuals' developmental pathways. Approaches to Positive Youth Development is based on this concept and brings together authors from across Europe and America who are leaders in their respective fields. The main focus of the book, beyond a clarification of the paradigmatic foundations, concerns the major contexts of adolescents and young adults, namely, neighborhoods and leisure ...

Chapter Eleven: The Long Way to Entrepreneurship: Personality, Parenting, Early Interests, and Competencies as Precursors for Entrepreneurial Activity among the ‘Termites’1

The Long Way to Entrepreneurship: Personality, Parenting, Early Interests, and Competencies as Precursors for Entrepreneurial Activity among the ‘Termites’1
The long way to entrepreneurship: Personality, parenting, early interests, and competencies as precursors for entrepreneurial activity among the ‘termites’
EvaSchmitt-Rodermund

Entrepreneurs, i.e., people who make their living through self-employment, seem to be different from employees not only in terms of their careers, but also concerning their personality traits. Both scientists and practitioners are tempted through such findings: Could it be that entrepreneurs differ from people in dependent employment not only through the different demands of their jobs right from the start, maybe even a long time before they have ever thought about a future career? If there were differences between the two groups as early as childhood or ...

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