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The Journal of Early Adolescence

Alexander T. Vazsonyi The Journal of Early Adolescence 2005 25: 5 DOI: 10.1177/0272431604272455 The online version of this article can be found at:

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Alexander T. Vazsonyi
Auburn University

The work reported in this special issue on the positive youth development (PYD) perspective is the culmination of many years of careful thinking and deliberate planning, followed by scientific inquiry into the etiology and course of positive youth development. The articles are also the culmination of extensive collaborations between universities, community-based organizations, as well as local communities and practitioners; they include empirical data from youth and their parents from across the United States, from high risk adolescents residing in the inner-city developmental context, from middle school and high school developmental age groups, and from youth-serving practitioners. The following brief comments are limited to two key points and implications from this work, namely (a) the usefulness of the PYD perspective and of the conceptualization and measurement of the five Cs and; (b) the importance of both individual and ecological assets in the potential for thriving, and related to this, the need to move past deficit perspectives in studies of child...

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