Positive Youth Development as a Strategy to Promote Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health

“Positive Youth Development as a Strategy to Promote Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health” is an editorial of the research study titled “A Review of of Positive Youth Development Programs that Promote Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health,” which can be found in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Summary:

The use of positive youth development (PYD) is a potential strategy to promote adolescent health because they enhance an adolescent’s ability to respond effectively to developmental challenges they may face. PYD programs help teens seek  positive experiences and support through adults, their school environment, volunteer experiences, and work environment in the future.

PYD program goals should foster one or more of the following developmental outcomes in youth:

  • Connectedness–pro-social and bonding.
  • Competence–cognitive, social, behavioral, emotional, and moral.
  • Character–spirituality and pro-social norms.
  • Confidence–self-efficacy, belief in the future, self- determination, clear and positive identity
  • “An essential part of public health is to provide America’s youth with accurate, age-appropriate information about sexual risk reduction, the benefits of abstaining from sex, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and STI. A number of sex education programs have been developed and shown to effectively reduce sexual risk behavior.” (Gavin et al., 2010, p. S1)
  • “High-quality youth development programs are characterized by the presence of goals that promote positive development, the creation of opportunities and experiences that enable young people to nurture their interests and talents, practice new skills, and gain a sense of confidence, competence and belief in the future, and the creation of an atmosphere of hope and the valuing of youth.” (Gavin, et al., 2010, p. S3)

Citation: Gavin, L. E., Catalano, R. F., David-Ferdon, C., Gloppen, K.M., Markham, C.M. (2010). Positive youth development as a strategy to promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Journal of Adolescent Health. Vol. 46. p. S1-S6

Link to editorial.

Link to “A Review of of Positive Youth Development Programs that Promote Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health”

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