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Am J Health Behav. 2002 Nov-Dec;26(6):407-24.

Positive youth development requires comprehensive health promotion programs.

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  • 1Health Research and Policy Centers, University of Illinois at Chicago, 60607, USA. bflay@uic.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To explore relationships among problem and positive youth behaviors, commonalities among their predictors, and implications for prevention.

METHODS:

Review etiology and prevention literatures.

RESULTS:

Risky/unhealthy/antisocial behaviors, poor mental health, and poor academic achievement are highly prevalent and pose critical dilemmas for parents and educators. All behaviors are highly correlated with, and predict, each other; have many of the same risk and protective factors; and strongly influence success and happiness in life. Some examples of comprehensive programs with positive results in multiple domains are provided.

CONCLUSION:

We need to prevent problem behaviors and promote positive behaviors with comprehensive, coherent, and integrated approaches.

PMID:
12437016
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