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Positive youth development in a crossnational perspective

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The Positive Youth Development cross-national project

Principal investigator: 

Nora Wiium
University of Bergen
Email: Nora.Wiium@uib.no
Visitor adress: Christiesgt. 12
Phone: +47 55 58 28 49

Postal adress:
Postboks 7807
5020 BERGEN
N - Norway

The Positive Youth Development cross-national project seeks to examine the extent to which developmental assets are available and accessible to the youth and emerging adults in different national contexts, and how these assets in turn relate to thriving and positive outcomes such as the “5Cs” of PYD (i.e., Confidence, Competence, Character, Caring and Connection), and subsequently, to young people’s contribution to the development of self and the society they are part of. Other topics that are taken up in the project include risk and health behaviours, together with job crafting in the school context, young people’s attitudes and values towards climate change and environmental sustainability, and their association with the developmental assets and positive outcomes. The ultimate goal of the project is to influence patrons, programmes and policies to stimulate the developmental assets needed to facilitate positive development and contribution among young people in the participating countries.
The cross-national project was initiated in 2014 and currently involves partner researchers from over 20 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the US and Latin America, and represents expertise in a diverse range of scientific fields, such as health psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, cross-cultural psychology, public health, environmental science, sociology, health promotion, speech-language pathology, and family studies.