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Developmental Science and Sustainable Development Goals for Children and Youth

  • Suman Verma
  • Anne C. Petersen

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 74)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Early Childhood Development: A Domain of Global Importance

  3. Lifelong Learning, Health, and Well-Being Among Children and Youth: Multiple Perspectives on Challenges to Sustainable Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Ann V. Sanson, Theodore D. Wachs, Silvia H. Koller, Katariina Salmela-Aro
      Pages 115-137
    3. Therese M. S. Tchombe, Lambert Wirdze, Asangha Ngufor Muki
      Pages 139-154
    4. Silvia H. Koller, Alferes Ribeiro, Fernando Niquice, Clarissa Freitas
      Pages 155-168
    5. Radosveta Dimitrova, Pasquale Musso, Iva Polackova Solcova, Delia Stefenel, Fitim Uka, Skerdi Zahaj et al.
      Pages 169-185
    6. Amina Abubakar, Sadaf Shallwani, Stanley Wechuli Wanjala, Patrick Nzivo Mwangala, Moses Kachama Nyongesa
      Pages 187-206
    7. Nikhit D’Sa, Peter C. Scales, Eliel T. Gebru
      Pages 207-221
    8. Ruthaychonnee Sittichai, Timo T. Ojanen, James Burford
      Pages 223-237
    9. Julieta Perez-Amador, Silvia Giorguli
      Pages 239-256
    10. Liane Peña Alampay, Jamie M. Lachman, Bernice Vania Landoy, Bernadette J. Madrid, Catherine L. Ward, Judy Hutchings et al.
      Pages 277-293
  4. Measurement and Monitoring Development and Well-Being Indicators in Sustainable Development Goals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295

About this book


This book presents new scientific knowledge on using developmental science to improving lives of children and youth across the globe. It highlights emerging pathways to sustainability as well as the interconnectedness and interdependence of developmental science and sustainable children and youth development globally. Presenting cross-cultural views and current perspectives on the role of developmental science in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals for children and youth development, contributors from different disciplines from low-and-middle-income countries or scholars working in these countries capture ground realities of the situation of children and youth in these regions. This book addresses developmental issues related to inequity, gender, health, education, social protection, and needs of vulnerable populations of children and youth. Other areas of focus are improving mechanisms and monitoring frameworks of development and well-being indicators.


Sustainable Development Goals Positive Youth Development Child Welfare Well-being Indicators in Sustainable Development Goals Measuring Development and Well-Being Indicators Measuring Sustainable Development Capacity Building for Development Science Children and Youth Development The Role of Development Research Peacebuilding through Early Childhood Development Enhancing the Health and Education of Deprived Children Improving Lives of Children and Youth

Editors and affiliations

  • Suman Verma
    • 1
  • Anne C. Petersen
    • 2
  1. 1.Former Head, Department of Human Development & Family Relations, Government Home Science CollegePanjab UniversityChandigarhIndia
  2. 2.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

About the editors

​Suman Verma is a Developmental Psychologist and former head of the Human Development & Family Relations Department, Government Home Science College, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. Her research with an advocacy component are in the areas of behavior settings of street/working children, daily ecology of adolescent family life, school stress, adolescent abuse, and intervention studies using life skills education approach. Other areas of published work include time use patterns among adolescents, academic stress, single parenting, positive youth development and social policy. A two time fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, her cross-cultural project sponsored by CASBS, Stanford and funded by Jacobs Foundation on ‘Pathways of Risk and Protection among Street Youth in India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and S. Africa’ is based on a comparative framework that is guided by theory on risk and protection and the ecological and contextual conditions in the lives of street kids in these countries. As an active member of various professional organizations such as ISSBD and SRCD, her interests are in (i) promoting greater visibility for the Asian region in professional societies; (ii) capacity building and mentoring initiatives for professional growth of young scholars in the region; and (iii) facilitating regional collaborations and creating opportunities for resource sharing. 

Anne Petersen is a developmental scientist who has been a researcher (more than 350 articles/chapters and 13 books), university administrator (department head and collegiate dean at Penn State University, graduate dean and vice president for research at University of Minnesota), federal government policy maker (Presidential appointee at National Science Foundation), and philanthropy leader (several roles including SrVP Kellogg Foundation, Founder/President Global Philanthropy Alliance). She was funded for a couple of decades for her research on adolescent development (puberty and psychosocial development) and has won many honors for her research and career, including election to the National Academy of Medicine (NASEM). Her current interests focus on global science and youth policy as well as developing Africa through S&T.

Bibliographic information


“The book is a necessity for all researchers and stakeholders working with children, as it engenders a focus on conceptual, theoretical, empirical, methodological, and practical engagement that provides a valuable blueprint to assist nations in fulfilling the SDGs and improve the lives of every child and youth. … this edited collection to grassroots audiences will lead to a commitment by all to bring about positive outcomes for children, youth, and all citizens through the SDGs.” (Sabirah Adams, Applied Research in Quality of Life, Vol. 15, 2020)