Positive Youth Development of Roma Ethnic Minority Across Europe
2017 (English)In: Handbook on Positive Development of Minority Children and Youth / [ed] N. Cabrera, & B. Leyendecker, Springer International Publishing , 2017, 307-320 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Roma are one of Europe’s largest and most vulnerable ethnic minority groups, currently making up nearly 12 million people, and have historically experienced severe marginalization and discrimination. Roma children and youth in particular are globally recognized to be in need of support and their successful adaptation and optimal outcomes are of major interest to practitioners and policy makers. This chapter addresses resources within proximal contexts, such as peers and family contexts that have the potential to foster positive youth development in Roma ethnic minority populations in Europe. Roma are mainly a sedentary indigenous ethnic minority group characterized by strong family, community and peer bonds, thereby creating a unique and underrepresented context to study PYD. In this chapter, we provide a brief historical overview, current research and empirical findings on Roma children and youth within peer and family contexts. We draw on core theoretical models of PYD as well as selected developmental theories of normative development to highlight the applicability of these traditional frameworks to Roma ethnic minority groups. In so doing, we pay careful attention to the cultural, ethnic, and economic characteristics of Roma youth and their family context. In the conclusion, we explored the implications of the reviewed evidence to the development of resource-oriented policy and practice for Roma youth.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer International Publishing , 2017. 307-320 p.
PYD, Europe, Roma minority, prevention, intervention
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-140508DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-43645-6_19ISBN: 978-3-319-43643-2 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-43645-6 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-140508DiVA: diva2:1079936