On the Intersection of Health, Well-being, and Youth Development





health, well-being, social ecological model, positive youth development


This introduction sets forth the thinking that guided the journal’s special issue on youth health and well-being. Three main points provide the foundation: (a) that youth development is predicated on a strengths-based approach, (b) that an ecological approach to youth health is essential for real and lasting change, and (c) that the larger intent of youth development is encompassed in increasing youth well-being, of which youth health is a key component. The guest editors provide an overview of the articles included in the special issue. The articles highlight different settings, describe the processes involved in developing programs, and address organizations’ efforts to enhance youth health and well-being. The reader will also find resources and models that are suitable for use across youth development settings.

Author Biographies

Mary Elizabeth Arnold, Oregon State University

Professor I 4-H Youth Development Specialist
Program Research and Evaluation
School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
College of Public Health and Human Sciences
Oregon State University

Theresa M. Ferrari, The Ohio State University

Professor & Extension Specialist

4-H Youth Development - Healthy Livint and Ohio Military Kids


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