The Scientific Foundations of Youth Development

  • Peter L. Benson
  • Rebecca N. Saito
Part of the Outreach Scholarship book series (OUTR, volume 6)


In this chapter, we examine the status of youth development research and propose the kind of scientific work needed to responsibly advance the field. At the most general level, the term youth development connotes a focus on supporting or promoting, during the second decade of life, the positive developmental processes that are known or assumed to advance health and well-being. These processes include such multidimensional domains as competence, mastery, positive identity, resilience, caring, connection, and belonging.


Youth Development Positive Youth Development Adolescent Development Core Issue Youth Organization 
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  • Rebecca N. Saito

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