Development and Validation of a Positive Youth Development Measure: The Bridge-Positive Youth Development

Amy Lopez, Jamie R. Yoder, Daniel Brisson, Stephanie Pena, Jeffrey M. Jenson

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Abstract

Objective: Positive Youth Development (PYD) is a resilience-based framework that accentuates positive traits in youth. PYD constructs are characteristics that are hypothesized to promote healthy development. However, measures to assess PYD constructs are lacking. Methods: An instrument was created to assess PYD. One hundred and forty youth between the age of 7 and 18 (M = 11.6) completed the measure over five time points. Data were then analyzed using psychometric analysis techniques. Results: Findings suggest that the instrument is a reliable measure of PYD. The scale shows good reliability, with an overall Cronbach’s α of 92. Conclusions: The Bridge-PYD may be a useful tool for program evaluation and the assessment of theoretical constructs in the PYD models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)726-736
Number of pages11
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • assessment tools
  • children and youth
  • positive youth development
  • risk and resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)

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