This entry describes the positive youth development theoretical and research frameworks of developmental assets and developmental relationships. The field of practice and research known as positive youth development is a relatively recent approach for understanding how youth successfully develop. It emerged over the last 30 years and has become a vital force in shaping the study of adolescence. Several features make positive youth development distinctive from the approaches that came before (a) a focus on young people’s strengths and not their deficits; (b) an emphasis on what we want to promote in, with, and for young people, not only on what we want to prevent; (c) an ecological perspective that considers not only what is going on inside young people but how young people’s relations ...

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