Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Tina Burdsall

Subjects

Youth development, Youth -- Services for -- Evaluation, Problem youth -- Services for -- Evaluation

DOI

10.15760/honors.186

Abstract

This paper’s intent is to explore the Positive Youth Development (PYD) perspective, its applications, and the growing research topics pertaining to it. I will demonstrate the importance of developmental assets and PYD centered programs in the human journey towards "Thriving," which is understood as the ultimate state of being achieved by the systematic promotion of positive development across time in a youth’s life (Lerner et al, 2005). My paper also explains challenge course programming and its relationship to the Positive Youth Development perspective. Upon demonstrating this relationship, I offer a few ideas for future challenge course programming that would foster new dimensions in relationship dynamics for participating youth that can increase indicators that they are thriving.

Comments

An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in University Honors and Psychology

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/15628

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