Positive Youth Development in Diverse and Global Contexts


  • Kirk A. Astroth University of Arizona




A new special issue Child Development focuses on a number of efforts around positive youth development—both within the United States with vulnerable populations as well as in global settings.  The volume offers a wealth of information about how positive youth development efforts need to be tailored to specific and unique contexts, and why imposing program models or curricula on diverse populations often fails.  Practitioners will gain an appreciation for the power of positive youth development to transform lives when programs are intentional, well-planned and targeted. This special issue is available online at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdev.2017.88.issue-4/issuetoc.

Author Biography

Kirk A. Astroth, University of Arizona

Professor & Extension Specialist

Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences


Lemen, P., Smith, E. P., & Petersen, A. C. (2017). Introduction to the special section of Child Development on positive youth development in diverse and global contexts. Child Development, 88(4), 1039-1044.

Lerner, R. M. (2017). Commentary: Studying and testing the positive youth development model: a tale of two approaches. Child Development, 88(4), 1183-1185.

Moore, K. A. (2017). Commentary: Positive youth development goes mainstream. Child Development, 88(4), 1175-1177.

Pittman, K. J. (2017). Positive youth development as a strategy for addressing readiness and equity: A commentary. Child Development, 88(4), 1172-1174.

Smith, E. P., Petersen, A. C., & Leman, P. (Eds). 2017. Positive youth development in diverse and global contexts. Child Development, 88(4), 1035-1397.






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