Promoting Positive Youth Development

Lessons from the 4-H Study

  • Edmond P. Bowers
  • G. John Geldhof
  • Sara K. Johnson
  • Lacey J. Hilliard
  • Rachel M. Hershberg
  • Jacqueline V. Lerner
  • Richard M. Lerner

Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Edmond P. Bowers, G. John Geldhof, Sara K. Johnson, Lacey J. Hilliard, Rachel M. Hershberg, Jacqueline V. Lerner et al.
    Pages 1-18
  3. The Strengths of Youth: Self-Regulatory Capacities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Michelle B. Weiner, G. John Geldhof, Steinunn Gestsdottir
      Pages 21-36
    3. Jun Wang, Lara Vujovic, Karen Caplovitz Barrett, Richard M. Lerner
      Pages 37-55
    4. Paul A. Chase, Daniel J. A. Warren, Richard M. Lerner
      Pages 57-70
    5. Kristina Schmid Callina, Megan Kiely Mueller, Mary H. Buckingham, Akira S. Gutierrez
      Pages 71-94
  4. The Contexts of Youth: Developmental Assets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Edmond P. Bowers, Sara K. Johnson, Daniel J. A. Warren, Jonathan M. Tirrell, Jacqueline V. Lerner
      Pages 97-120
    3. Alice E. Donlan, Alicia D. Lynch, Richard M. Lerner
      Pages 121-136
    4. Jennifer P. Agans, Robey B. Champine, Sara K. Johnson, Karl Erickson, Ceren Yalin
      Pages 137-158
  5. Positive Youth Development: Indexing Adaptive Developmental Regulations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. G. John Geldhof, Edmond P. Bowers, Megan K. Mueller, Christopher M. Napolitano, Kristina Schmid Callina, Katie J. Walsh et al.
      Pages 161-186
    3. Kuan Xing, Emilia Chico, Danny L. Lambouths III, Aerika S. Brittian, Seth J. Schwartz
      Pages 187-208
  6. Outcomes of PYD: The Impact of Adaptive Developmental Regulations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. Rachel M. Hershberg, Sara K. Johnson, Lisette M. DeSouza, Cristina J. Hunter, Jon Zaff
      Pages 211-228
    3. Miriam R. Arbeit, Emily A. Baldi, Rachel O. Rubin, Elise M. Harris, Jacqueline V. Lerner
      Pages 229-248
    4. Lacey J. Hilliard, Milena Batanova, Edmond P. Bowers
      Pages 249-272
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 279-288

About this book


This book presents the results of a longitudinal 4-H study of youth development. The volume discusses how self-regulation and contextual resources (e.g., strong relationships with parents, peers, and the community) can be fostered in young people to contribute to optimal functioning throughout life. Each chapter examines a particular aspect of youth thriving, and offers findings on the role of positive development in a variety of outcomes. Contributors introduce a contemporary model of positive development for diverse youth, provide examples of effective youth development programs, and suggest applications for informing the next generation of policy and practice.

Among the featured topics:

  • The regulation of emotion in adolescence.
  • School engagement, academic achievement, and positive youth development.
  • Peer relationships and positive youth development.
  • Identity development in adolescence and the implications for youth policy and practice.
  • Promoting adolescent sexual health in youth programming.
  • A positive youth development approach to bullying.

Researchers in developmental psychology as well as educational policy and politics will gain from Promoting Positive Youth Development a new appreciation of young people's strengths and their centrality in creating effective youth programs and initiatives.

“This volume is destined to become the handbook for anyone interested in the bourgeoning field of positive youth development. Promoting Positive Youth Development presents a rich, theoretically grounded understanding of the landscape today’s youth, families and programs. The contributors provide clear, data-driven guidance regarding the types of programs and settings that are most beneficial to young people.”

Jean E. Rhodes, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology

University of Massachusetts,



4-H Study and positive youth development Academic achievement during adolescence Adaptive developmental regulations in youth Adaptive functioning during adolescence Adolescence and development Applied developmental psychology and PYD Assets and positive youth development Behavioral, emotional, and cognitive engagement at school Bullying during adolescence Civic life engagement and adolescents Competence, confidence, connection, character, and caring Developmental assets during adolescence Developmental science and youth Educational policy and school transformation and PYD Emotion regulation during adolescence Emotional well-being in youth Five Cs Model of positive youth development Healthy lifestyles during adolescence Hope in youth ISR and positive youth development

Editors and affiliations

  • Edmond P. Bowers
    • 1
  • G. John Geldhof
    • 2
  • Sara K. Johnson
    • 3
  • Lacey J. Hilliard
    • 4
  • Rachel M. Hershberg
    • 5
  • Jacqueline V. Lerner
    • 6
  • Richard M. Lerner
    • 7
  1. 1.Youth Development LeadershipClemson UniversityClemsonUSA
  2. 2.Human Development and Family SciencesOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  3. 3.Tufts University Inst. for Applied Research in Youth Dev.MedfordUSA
  4. 4.Tufts University Inst. for Applied Research in Youth Dev.MedfordUSA
  5. 5.Tufts University Inst. for Applied Research in Youth Dev.MedfordUSA
  6. 6.Dept. Counseling, Developmental and Educational PsychologyBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA
  7. 7.Tufts University Inst. for Applied Research in Youth Dev.MedfordUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-17165-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-17166-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-089X
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-0903
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