Intentional self-regulation, ecological assets, and thriving in adolescence: a developmental systems model.

Steinunn Gestsdottir, Jennifer Brown Urban, Edmond P. Bowers, Jacqueline V. Lerner, Richard M. Lerner

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The positive youth development (PYD) perspective emphasizes that thriving occurs when individual ↔context relations involve the alignment of adolescent strengths with the resources in their contexts. The authors propose that a key component of this relational process is the strength that youth possess in the form of self-regulatory processes; these processes optimize opportunities to obtain ecological resources that enhance the probability of PYD. They use the selection, optimization, and compensation (SOC) model of intentional self-regulation to discuss the role of self-regulation in the PYD perspective among diverse youth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-76
Number of pages16
JournalNew directions for child and adolescent development
Issue number133
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011

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