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Advancing child and adolescent well-being through positive youth development and prevention programs
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2014 (English)In: Handbook of Child Well-Being: theories, methods and policies in global perspective / [ed] Ben-Arieh, A., Casas, F., Frønes, I., Korbin, J.E., Springer Netherlands, 2014, 3025-3041 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
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This chapter is a commentary that highlights advances in a particular group of interventions–positive youth development (PYD) and prevention interventions that have demonstrated utility in increasing the social and emotional competence of children and adolescents. As this chapter documents, social and emotional competence has been central to several PYD (e.g., Catalano et al. 2002; Durlak et al. 2010) and prevention interventions (e.g., Beelmann and Lösel 2006). Importantly, interventions focused on building social and emotional competence have demonstrated wide ranging beneficial effects on a number of important positive and problematic outcomes. Social and emotional competence is a particularly useful construct, in that it may be of explanatory importance to the etiology and developmental progression of both optimal and problematic outcomes. It represents one of potentially many examples of how the wider frameworks of PYD and prevention science might attain greater synergy. Such examples are critical in that the middle ground between prevention science and PYD could eventually represent one of the leading edges of future growth and innovation for intervention science. As intervention science matures, there is a clear need to widen the reach of interventions, helping more people on larger scales more flexibly and reliably. Although present day meta-analyses reveal a great deal, the next phases of intervention science will increasingly center on the need to know how interventions fare under varying conditions. Such information exists in some cases, but a greater integration of the stage of intervention development information in meta-analyses is needed.

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Springer Netherlands, 2014. 3025-3041 p.
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prevention, adolescent, well-being, positive youth development
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-99463DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-9063-8_164ISBN: 978-90-481-9062-1ISBN: 978-90-481-9063-8OAI: diva2:687017
Available from: 2014-01-13 Created: 2014-01-13 Last updated: 2014-03-26Bibliographically approved

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