What Do Children Need to Flourish?

Conceptualizing and Measuring Indicators of Positive Development

  • Kristin Anderson Moore
  • Laura H. Lippman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Complete mental health: An agenda for the 21st century

    1. Kristin Anderson Moore, Laura H. Lippman
      Pages 1-10
  3. Positive Formation of the Self: Character, Attitudes, Spirituality, and Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Nansook Park, Christopher Peterson
      Pages 13-23
    3. Peter L. Benson, Peter C. Scales, Arturo Sesma Jr., Eugene C. Roehlkepartain
      Pages 25-40
    4. E. Scott Huebner, Shannon M. Suldo, Robert F. Valois
      Pages 41-59
    5. C. R. Snyder
      Pages 61-73
    6. Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor
      Pages 75-91
  4. Healthy Habits, Positive Behaviors, and Time Use

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Sandra L. Hofferth, Sally C. Curtin
      Pages 95-110
    3. Kathleen Mullan Harris, Rosalind Berkowitz King, Penny Gordon-Larsen
      Pages 111-132
    4. Bonnie L. Barber, Margaret R. Stone, Jacquelynne S. Eccles
      Pages 133-146
    5. Sylvia R. Epps, Seoung Eun Park, Aletha C. Huston, Marika Ripke
      Pages 163-179
  5. Positive Relationships with Parents and Siblings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Elizabeth C. Hair, Kristin Anderson Moore, Sarah B. Garrett, Akemi Kinukawa, Laura H. Lippman, Erik Michelson
      Pages 183-202
  6. Positive Attitudes and Behaviors toward Learning and School Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Eric M. Anderman, Tim Urdan, Robert Roeser
      Pages 223-235
    3. Jacquelynne S. Eccles, Susan A. O’Neill, Allan Wigfield
      Pages 237-249
    4. Christopher A. Wolters, Paul R. Pintrich, Stuart A. Karabenick
      Pages 251-270
    5. Clea McNeely
      Pages 289-303
    6. Jennifer A. Fredricks, Phyllis Blumenfeld, Jeanne Friedel, Alison Paris
      Pages 305-321
  7. Enacting Positive Values and Behaviors in Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 323-323
    2. Scott Keeter, Krista Jenkins, Cliff Zukin, Molly Andolina
      Pages 325-338
    3. Peter C. Scales, Peter L. Benson
      Pages 339-356
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 375-390

About this book


Regardless of its validity, many adults share a belief that today’s youth face an inauspicious future. Drugs, sex, violence, disintegration of the nuclear family, technology that replaces interpersonal relationships—that’s what you hear in the news. The media, through its dramatization of the dangers and risks children confront and pose, have created a well-established image of disenfranchised, hostile, and often-destructive children and adolescents. This image ignores the many children who are thriving as well as the possibility of positive outcomes for children and youth.

With children comprising roughly 30% of the global population—almost 2 billion children worldwide—understanding exactly what leads children to grow into confident, caring, responsible adults is an issue that belongs at the forefront of every nation’s agenda. Increasingly, it is understood that we need not only to prevent negative outcomes but to promote positive outcomes.

What Do Children Need to Flourish? Conceptualizing and Measuring Indicators of Positive Development, part of the Search Series on Developmentally Attentive Community and Society, focuses on how scholars and practitioners can begin to build rigorous measures of the healthy behaviors and attitudes that result in positive outcomes for children and youth. The volume is presented in five parts:

 - Introduction and conceptual framework.

 - Positive formation of the self—character, values, spirituality, life satisfaction, hope, and ethnic identity.

 - Healthy habits, positive behaviors, and time use.

 - Positive relationships with parents and siblings.

 - Positive attitudes and behaviors toward learning and school environments.

 - Enacting positive values and behaviors in communities.

What Do Children Need to Flourish? Conceptualizing and Measuring Indicators of Positive Development is an important volume for researchers and practitioners—in fact, for anyone interested and involved in working with children and adolescents.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kristin Anderson Moore
    • 1
  • Laura H. Lippman
    • 1
  1. 1.Child TrendsWashington, DC

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-23061-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-23823-4
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