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NCJ Number: 222440 Find in a Library
Title: Exemplifying the Integrations of the Relational Developmental System: Synthesizing Theory, Research, and Application to Promote Positive Development and Social Justice
Journal: Journal of Adolescent Research  Volume:23  Issue:3  Dated:May 2008  Pages:245-255
Author(s): Richard M. Lerner; Willis F. Overton
Date Published: May 2008
Page Count: 11
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article explains how and why the Miami Youth Development Program (YDP) exemplifies the concept that contemporary development science based on relational metatheory and developmental systems theories can be applied in "real-world" contexts for the positive development of diverse youth in interaction with multicultural contexts.
Abstract: Using the scientific method, the Miami YDP is examining what actions, of what duration, with what youth, in what communities, at what points in biological development, and at what historical times will result in positive youth development that results in current and future constructive contributions to family, community, and the broader society. Expressed in another way, the goal of the Miami YDP is to determine what interventions for troubled youth (i.e., youth whose attitudes and behaviors harm themselves and others) can result in attitudinal and behavioral change that contributes to individual and community welfare in a multicultural society struggling to create social justice and democracy for all. In the Miami YDP, university-based researchers knowledgeable in the content and testing of human development theory and systems development work with community-based practitioners experienced in the development and delivery of intervention programs, and community residents struggling to find their way in Miami's multicultural environment, in order to find what works to produce positive youth development in their "real world." 48 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
Index Term(s): Florida; Interagency cooperation; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency theory; Research uses in policymaking; Social justice model; Youth development
Note: For other articles in this issue, see NCJ-222439 and NCJ-222441-46.
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