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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 locales, school and family, and the major themes of healthy psychosocial development, namely, competences and knowledge, prosocial behavior, transcending problems of delinquency, civic engagement, identity, agency, and spirituality.

Macrosocial Worries as a Source of Positive Youth Development: Results of a 20-Year Longitudinal Study and Policy Implications1
Macrosocial worries as a source of positive youth development: Results of a 20-year longitudinal study and policy implications
KlausBoehnke, DanielFuss, and MandyBoehnke

This chapter focuses on long-term consequences of worries about macrolevel life events for political behavior. It does so by offering empirical evidence from an ongoing longitudinal study of some 200 individuals who were at a mean age of 14 when the study commenced in 1985. In being able to offer long-term panel data on political behavior, the reported study is a rare case. Although there notably now are quite a number of long-term panel studies that also focus on ‘politics’ in a broad understanding, many of these ...

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