Flourishing Children

Defining and Testing Indicators of Positive Development

  • Laura H. Lippman
  • Kristin Anderson Moore
  • Lina Guzman
  • Renee Ryberg
  • Hugh McIntosh
  • Manica F. Ramos
  • Salma Caal
  • Adam Carle
  • Megan Kuhfeld

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Laura H. Lippman, Kristin Anderson Moore, Lina Guzman, Renee Ryberg, Hugh McIntosh, Manica F. Ramos et al.
    Pages 1-23
  3. Laura H. Lippman, Kristin Anderson Moore, Lina Guzman, Renee Ryberg, Hugh McIntosh, Manica F. Ramos et al.
    Pages 25-43
  4. Laura H. Lippman, Kristin Anderson Moore, Lina Guzman, Renee Ryberg, Hugh McIntosh, Manica F. Ramos et al.
    Pages 45-105

About this book


This volume presents the results of the Flourishing Children Project. The study addressed gaps in the research on indicators of positive development of adolescents. Such indicators are essential for the balanced and scientifically sound study of adolescents. Yet measures of many aspects of flourishing are not available, and when they do exist, they are rarely measured in a developmentally appropriate manner for adolescents. In addition, they are often too long for program evaluations and surveys, have not been tested on diverse populations, nor carefully validated as predictors of positive outcomes. The Flourishing Children Project undertook the development of scales for adolescents ages 12-17 for 19 aspects of flourishing covering six domains: flourishing in school and work, personal flourishing, flourishing in relationships, relationship skills, helping others to flourish, and environmental stewardship. This volume describes the four-stage process of developing the scales, including: Reviewing the literature for extant measures for items to test and synthesizing the existing research into consensus definitions for each construct; conducting cognitive testing of items with adolescents and their parents; pilot testing the items; and conducting psychometric analyses.


Adolescent Well-Being Aspects of Adolescent Flourishing Child Well-Being Frameworks Child Well-Being Indicators Environmental Stewardship Flourishing in Relationships Flourishing in School and Work Flourishing of Relation Skills Helping others to Flourish Important Constructs of Adolescent Flourishing Indicators of Positive Development Measures of Adolescent Flourishing Personal Flourishing Positive Child Development Positive Development in Adolescents Positive Youth Development Positive Youth Psychology Relationship Skills Study of the positive development of students

Authors and affiliations

  • Laura H. Lippman
    • 1
  • Kristin Anderson Moore
    • 2
  • Lina Guzman
    • 3
  • Renee Ryberg
    • 4
  • Hugh McIntosh
    • 5
  • Manica F. Ramos
    • 6
  • Salma Caal
    • 7
  • Adam Carle
    • 8
  • Megan Kuhfeld
    • 9
  1. 1.Child TrendsBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Child TrendsBethesdaUSA
  3. 3.Child TrendsBethesdaUSA
  4. 4.Research AnalystChild TrendsBethesdaUSA
  5. 5.InstructorGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA
  6. 6.Research ScientistChild TrendsBethesdaUSA
  7. 7.Research ScienistChild TrendsBethesdaUSA
  8. 8.Assistant Professor of PediatricsUniversity of Cincinnati School of MedicineCincinnatiUSA
  9. 9.University of CaliforniaGraduate School of Education & InformatiLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-8606-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-8607-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-7644
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-7652
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