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Urban, Jennifer Brown; Lewin-Bizan, Selva; Lerner, Richard M. – Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 2009
Developmental system theories recognize that variables from multiple levels of organization within the bioecology of human development contribute to adolescent development, including individual factors, family factors and the neighborhood which includes extracurricular activities. Extracurricular activities provide a context for youth development,…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Neighborhoods, Extracurricular Activities, Early Adolescents
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Lerner, Richard M.; Lerner, Jacqueline V.; von Eye, Alexander; Bowers, Edmond P.; Lewin-Bizan, Selva – Journal of Adolescence, 2011
We introduce this special issue on the individual and contextual bases of adolescent thriving by describing the relational developmental systems theory-based, positive youth development (PYD) perspective that frames much of contemporary research about health and positive development across the adolescent period and that, more specifically, frames…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Longitudinal Studies, Adolescent Development, Models
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Urban, Jennifer Brown; Lewin-Bizan, Selva; Lerner, Richard M. – Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2010
Extracurricular activities provide a key context for youth development, and participation has been linked with positive developmental outcomes. Using data from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development (PYD), this study explored how the intentional self regulation ability of youth interacted with participation in extracurricular activities to…
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Extracurricular Activities, American Indians, Asian Americans