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.

Not You! Not Here! Not Now!

Not you! not here! not now!
Jacquelynne S.Eccles and CorinneAlfeld

We have all heard and read many stories about both unfulfilled dreams and the high cost of fulfilled dreams. Virtually all biographies of talented women are filled with incidents in which they were actively discouraged from developing their talent and pursuing their dream. On the Bill Moyer's series ‘The Language of Life’ on PBS, one of the poets reported that his parents had been appalled when he informed them of his desire to be a poet. They questioned his sanity because it was clear to them that one could not earn a living as a poet. Luckily, his parents did not go on to prevent his pursuit of this dream. The ...

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