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What are the types of environments in which youth thrive? How do we cultivate such environments to promote optimal development and positive behavior in youth? The Youth Development Handbook: Coming of Age in American Communities provides youth and development practitioners access to current theory and research in the field of youth development, including illustrations of good practice, original case studies, and a contextual approach to such topics as youth participation and diversity.   The Youth Development Handbook is designed for scholars and researchers in applied developmental science as well as practitioners and policy makers who implement youth development initiatives. The book is also recommended for use in graduate courses on youth development in the fields of Psychology, Human Development & Family Studies, and Education.

Using and Building Family Strengths to Promote Youth Development
Using and building family strengths to promote youth development
Catherine P.BradshawJamesGarbarino

Parents have traditionally been the ones blamed when things go badly for youth. However, in matters of human development, when the question is “Does X cause Y?” (e.g., “Does poor parenting cause delinquency?”), the best scientific answer is “It depends.” Parents do not raise children in isolation, for as children move into and through adolescence, their world expands, and other influences also shape their development; many of those influences are addressed in other chapters of this volume, including schools, popular culture and the media, and especially peers.

In this chapter, we review several studies indicating that what parents do with and to their children does matter. These effects ...

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