Parents, Other Adults, and Responsibility for Positive Child and Youth Development

  • Peter C. Scales
Part of the The Search Institute Series on Developmentally Attentive Community and Society book series (SISS, volume 2)


As summarized by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine (2000), a 3vast store″ of research has shown that parents are ″the most influential adults″ in children’s lives, even when children spend most of their waking hours in child care. The key feature of ″parenting″ is not necessarily who provides that nurture and guidance, but that those primary caregivers are ″not interchangeable with others″ (p. 226). They are the people who should care the most about and for the child, and who should be the most available to a child. Everyone else, no matter how loving their relationship is with a child, no matter how valuable their impact, plays a supplemental role.


Young People Youth Development Youth Program Developmental Asset Unrelated Adult 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter C. Scales
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  1. 1.Search InstituteMinneapolisUSA

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