Positive Youth Development: Still Working to Build the Village

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Reviews the book, Mobilizing Adults for Positive Youth Development: Strategies for Closing the Gap Between Beliefs and Behaviors edited by E. Gil Clary and Jean E. Rhodes (see record 2006-06770-000). How can adults be motivated to join efforts to promote positive youth development? This question is the focus of E. Gil Clary and Jean E. Rhodes's edited volume, Mobilizing Adults for Positive Youth Development: Strategies for Closing the Gap Between Beliefs and Behaviors. The volume, the fourth book published in the Search Institute Series on Developmentally Attentive Community and Society, promotes the institute's mission of healthy children, youths, and communities. In fact, several chapters in the book use the institute's 40 Developmental Assets (Search Institute, 2005) as a framework for discussing positive youth development. Many of the contributing authors in the volume present the assets and use them to make the case for positive youth development, to discuss how many assets youths typically achieve, and to discuss that youths could conceivably achieve more of the assets if more adults participated in the effort. The book contains four sections. The first part of the book is devoted to the context of adults helping youths develop. The second, third, and fourth parts of the book focus on how to motivate individual adults, local groups of adults, and societies of adults, respectively, to get involved with youths. The final section of the book is a commentary that reflects on the challenges posed and opportunities provided for positive youth development. Overall, the book's contributors provide an abundance of information about how different segments of American culture currently participate in youth efforts and, in some chapters more than in other chapters, suggestions for specifically how adults can be motivated to get more involved in these efforts. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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