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Forneris, Tanya; CamirĂ©, Martin; Williamson, Robert – Applied Developmental Science, 2015
In order to prepare students for adulthood and responsible citizenship, most high schools offer extracurricular activities designed to facilitate the learning of a wide range of competencies. The purpose of this study was to examine how participation in a single or a combination of extracurricular school activities for high school students may…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Extracurricular Activities, Competence
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Benson, Peter L.; Leffert, Nancy; Scales, Peter C.; Blyth, Dale A. – Applied Developmental Science, 2012
The role of community in child and adolescent development is emerging as a significant area of theoretical inquiry, research, and application. This article describes the development and utilization of a comprehensive community change effort designed to increase the attention of all community members toward strengthening core developmental…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Change Strategies, Adolescents, Community Change
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Fisher, Celia B.; Busch-Rossnagel, Nancy A.; Jopp, Daniela S.; Brown, Joshua L. – Applied Developmental Science, 2012
In this article we present a vision of applied developmental science (ADS) as a means of promoting social justice and socio-political well-being. This vision draws upon the field's significant accomplishments in identifying and strengthening developmental assets in marginalized youth communities, understanding the effects of poverty and racial…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Racial Discrimination, Social Sciences, Child Development
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Wray-Lake, Laura; Sloper, Michelle A. – Applied Developmental Science, 2016
Civic engagement is an important marker of thriving among adolescents, and more research is needed that clarifies the ecological assets (positive supports across settings) that foster youth civic engagement. Simultaneously modeling associations between multiple ecological assets and civic behaviors can provide a nuanced view of the way…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Volunteers, Political Attitudes, Correlation
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Tolan, Patrick; Ross, Katherine; Arkin, Nora; Godine, Nikki; Clark, Erin – Applied Developmental Science, 2016
Positive development models shift focus for intervention from avoiding problems, deficits, or psychopathology to promoting skills, assets, and psychological well-being as the critical interests in development and intervention. The field can be characterized as multiple parallel lines of empirical inquiry from four frameworks: Social Competence,…
Descriptors: Intervention, Skill Development, Well Being, Interpersonal Competence
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Theokas, Christina; Lerner, Richard M. – Applied Developmental Science, 2006
The relations among observed ecological assets in youth's families, schools, and neighborhoods with positive and negative developmental outcomes were assessed with a sample of 646 fifth-grade youth. The majority of participants were Latino (37.5%) or European American (35.5%) and lived in 2-parent families. Ecological asset indicators were…
Descriptors: Child Development, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Social Environment
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Bers, Marina Umaschi – Applied Developmental Science, 2006
This article describes a developmental systems approach to applied developmental science (ADS), which provides a framework to design and evaluate technology-rich programs that promote positive development by emphasizing the strengths and assets of young people instead of focusing on diminishing or preventing risk-taking behaviors. Until now, most…
Descriptors: Child Development, Adolescent Development, Systems Approach, Technological Advancement