ERIC Number: ED460305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Understanding Youth Development: Promoting Positive Pathways of Growth.
CSR, Inc., Washington, DC.
A conceptual model for understanding youth development is provided and the processes that enhance the adolescent experience and promote successful transition from childhood to adulthood are identified. Intended as a guide for professionals constructing and implementing policies and programs, the model is based on the proposition that development occurs through reciprocal and dynamic interactions that take place between individuals and various aspects of their environment. Pathways to adulthood take many forms, and several specific types of interactions promote this development. This report identifies aspects of the social context that have been found to promote or serve as barriers to adolescents' opportunities to engage in these types of interactions. Biophysical aspects of the individual, aspects of society, the community, the family, and peer relationships are included. Interventions designed to assist youth in making successful transitions to adulthood will need to provide adolescents with opportunities to engage in interactions that foster development of a sense of competency, connectedness, control, and identity. The research also suggests that interventions must address children, families, and communities as a unit if they are to be effective for large numbers of children and families. "Constructing the Youth Development Model," which provides information on the procedures used in the report and discusses major theoretical approaches and research issues, is appended. (Contains 122 references.) (EMK)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Family (Sociological Unit), Intervention, Models, Self Concept, Social Environment, Youth Programs
For full text: http://www.ncfy.com/undyouth.htm.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Family and Youth Services Bureau.
Authoring Institution: CSR, Inc., Washington, DC.