Youth activity involvement and positive youth development

Megan Kiely Mueller, Selva Lewin-Bizan, Jennifer Brown Urban

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Abstract

Participation in high quality out-of-school-time activities constitutes a significant portion of the time that many youth spend away from their families or school settings, and current theory and research suggests that activity participation can be an influential contextual asset for promoting adaptive outcomes for youth. Therefore, the purpose of this chapter is to highlight how the relational developmental-systems-based positive youth development perspective is a useful framework for examining how and why high quality activity participation may be associated with positive developmental outcomes. As an example of research within this framework, we present findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development in order to illustrate how activity participation is an important facet of aligning individual youth strengths with resources within the environment. Finally, we discuss how to synthesize the research that exists on activity participation, and what the current research suggests for future empirical and applied steps in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Child Development and Behavior
PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
Pages231-249
Number of pages19
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011

Publication series

NameAdvances in Child Development and Behavior
Volume41
ISSN (Print)0065-2407

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Positive youth development
  • Youth activity participation

Cite this

Mueller, M. K., Lewin-Bizan, S., & Urban, J. B. (2011). Youth activity involvement and positive youth development. In Advances in Child Development and Behavior (pp. 231-249). (Advances in Child Development and Behavior; Vol. 41). Academic Press Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-386492-5.00009-9