Positive Youth Development

Li LIN, Daniel T. L. SHEK

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The positive youth development (PYD) perspective is proposed as a paradigm for understanding adolescents in terms of their strengths and potential, in contrast to the perspective of understanding adolescents in terms of their deficits and problems. This entry introduces the major theories within the PYD perspective and the approaches commonly used to study PYD. It also summarizes findings that support the common propositions of the PYD perspective. Finally, it reviews the evidence on the effectiveness of PYD programs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 7: History, Theory, and Culture in Adolescence
EditorsStephen HUPP, Jeremy D. JEWELL
ISBN (Electronic)9781119171492
ISBN (Print)9781119161899
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • developmental assets
  • positive youth development
  • social–emotional learning
  • strength orientation


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