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Well-Being of Youth and Emerging Adults across Cultures

Novel Approaches and Findings from Europe, Asia, Africa and America

  • Radosveta Dimitrova
  • Provides cutting edge and up to date understanding of the processes/conditions under which youth and emerging adults in multiple contexts live

  • Moves towards an understanding of the acculturation processes behind positive outcomes in scarcely studied ethnic minority groups

  • Provides new empirical data in a global cultural perspective of youth, including diverse cultural contexts across various regions

  • Contributes to the next generation of cross cultural studies in positive psychology by broadening our knowledge of the link between PYD conditions and optimal outcomes of youth


Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Well-Being of Youth and Emerging Adults from Indigenous Populations

  3. Well-Being of Youth and Emerging Adults from Ethnic Minority and Immigrant Populations

  4. Well-Being of Youth and Emerging Adults in a Comparative Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Radosveta Dimitrova, Alejandra del Carmen Domínguez Espinosa
      Pages 225-234
    3. Jennifer E. Lansford, Suha M. Al-Hassan, Dario Bacchini, Marc H. Bornstein, Lei Chang, Bin-Bin Chen et al.
      Pages 235-248

About this book


The current volume presents new empirical data on well-being of youth and emerging adults from a global international perspective. Its outstanding features are the focus on vast geographical regions (e.g., Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America), and on strengths and resources for optimal well-being. The international and multidisciplinary contributions address the complexities of young people’s life in a variety of cultural settings to explore how key developmental processes such as identity, religiosity and optimism, social networks, and social interaction in families and society at large promote optimal and successful adaptation. The volume draws on core theoretical models of human development to highlight the applicability of these frameworks to culturally diverse youth and emerging adults as well as universalities and cultural specifics in optimal outcomes. With its innovative and cutting-edge approaches to cultural, theoretical and methodological issues, the book offers up-to-date evidence and insights for researchers, practitioners and policy makers in the fields of cross-cultural psychology, developmental science, human development, sociology, and social work.


Study of Well-Being among Young People Well-Being of Youth and Emerging Adults in Italy Positive Youth Development Research on Positive Youth in China Identity Formation and Positive Psychological Outcomes Well-Being among Japanese Youth and Emerging Adults Well-Being of Emerging Adults in South Africa Well-Being of Emerging Adults in Ghana Experiencing the Meaning of Life in Romania Well-Being among Racial/Ethnic Minority Well-Being among LGB Youth and Adolescents Psychological Well-Being of Adolescents in Greece Turkish-Bulgarian Minority Adolescents Social Well-Being in Spain Life Satisfaction of Migrants Positive Well-Being in Turkey and Bulgaria Well-Being among Young Chinese Migrants Religiousness and Life Satisfaction in Mexico and Nicaragua Promoting Optimal Well-Being

Editors and affiliations

  • Radosveta Dimitrova
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

About the editors

Radosveta Dimitrova is a Docent at the Department of Psychology at Stockholm University, Sweden. She holds PhD in Developmental Psychology (University of Trieste, Italy awarded the 2009 Best Doctoral Thesis by the Italian Association of Psychologists), and a PhD in Cross-Cultural Psychology (Tilburg University, the Netherlands, awarded the 2012 Student and Early Career Council Dissertation Award of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). She holds the 2016 Young Scientist Award of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, ISSBD for distinguished theoretical contribution, research and dissemination of developmental science. Her research interests regard migration, positive youth development, marginalized ethnic minority communities (Roma).

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