The Search Institute Series on Developmentally Attentive Community and Society

Mobilizing Adults for Positive Youth Development

Strategies for Closing the Gap between Beliefs and Behaviors

Editors: Clary, E. Gil, Rhodes, Jean E. (Eds.)

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About this book

When highly successful people from all walks of life are asked how they were able to attain such lofty achievements, they inevitably pay tribute to the influential role played by a variety of adults throughout their young lives. Whether it’s a valedictorian delivering the commencement speech, a team captain receiving an MVP award, or an actor accepting an award, the underlying message each sends is clear: Throughout childhood and adolescence, they had consistent, meaningful interaction with adults.

In today’s fast-paced, often-dehumanizing world, increasing positive adult involvement and influence is particularly vital. To further that goal, Mobilizing Adults for Positive Youth Development: Strategies for Closing the Gap between Beliefs and Behaviors brings together, in one concise volume, the advice and expertise of leading scholars dedicated to affecting positive youth development. Taken together, the chapters in this book provide a multifaceted, multidisciplinary blueprint for social change. The volume includes much-needed information on:

  • Understanding the current state of youth development work; the world in which adolescents live; and the world in which adults function, as well as the context in which adults can establish adult-youth relationships and use community resources to ensure a successful youth development outcome.
  • Promoting individual adult involvement in adolescents’ lives to ensure positive youth development.
  • Mobilizing individual adults through a variety of outlets, including neighborhood and community coalitions, religious institutions, and university outreach programs.
  • Mobilizing a society of adults, through volunteer and other programs.

Mobilizing Adults for Positive Youth Development: Strategies for Closing the Gap between Beliefs and Behaviors is a must-have volume for both practitioners and researchers – in fact, for anyone interested and involved in working toward achieving positive youth development.

About the authors

E. Gil Clary, Ph.D., is chair of the department of psychology at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. He teaches General Psychology, Experimental Social Psychology, and Personality Theories. Furthermore, he has taught, in collaboration with colleagues in other departments, two honors seminars, one on autobiographies, and a second on the meaning of work.

He completed his education at the University of Georgia (B.A. in psychology, 1975; M.S. in psychology, 1978; Ph. D. in social psychology, 1980). In 1979, he joined the faculty of the College of St. Catherine, first as an instructor (1979-1980), then assistant professor (1980-1985), associate professor (1985-1992), and professor (1992). From 1989 to 1992, Clary was the Endowed Professor of the Sciences at the College of St. Catherine. In 1997, he assumed the position of chair of the department of psychology.

Most of Clary's research centers on the psychology of helping, with much of this focusing on people's involvement in volunteer activities and other forms of community services. More specifically, this research has examined the motivations underlying participation in volunteer work, and with Mark Snyder (University of Minnesota) and other colleagues, this work has resulted in a psychometrically sound inventory for assessing motivations underlying involvement in volunteer work. Finally, this interest in volunteerism recently resulted in a study of the effects of educational programs requiring students to volunteer.

Jean E. Rhodes, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has written extensively on the role of mentors in promoting positive developmental outcomes among children and adolescents. In addition to studying natural mentors, she and her colleagues have analyzed longitudinal data that were collected from over 1,000 urban adolescents who participated in a national study of Big Brothers Big Sisters. The predictors and effects of relationship duration have been studied, as well as the processes that govern mentors' influence. Her findings provide ample evidence of the extraordinary potential of mentoring relationships, while also exposing the rarely acknowledged risk for harm that unsuccessful relationships can render. A deeper understanding of these important relationships may lead to interventions and policies that better address the needs of youth.

Rhodes is currently involved in studies on the role of supportive relationships in the lives of: young mothers; students in school and after-school settings; and immigrant youth. She is a Fellow of APA and the Society for Community Research and Action, a member of the MacArthur Network on the Transition to Adulthood, and author of a monthly research column for the National Mentoring Partnership. Her book, Stand by me: The risks and rewards of youth mentoring, was published by Harvard University Press in Spring 2002.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“The volume provides a number of insightful perspectives on positive youth development. … The authors' focus on social solidarity with youths and adults working together is excellent and refreshing. … Mobilizing Adults effectively uses developmental assumptions and theories … for positive youth development. … three broad groups would likely find the book to be a useful reference: (a) Those who do research on youth programs, (b) individuals who work with youths and organize programs to serve them, and (c) policy makers … .” -(Michelle E. Schmidt, PsycCRITIQUES, 52:8, 2007)

"The edited volume … is a collection of applied essays that attempt to draw volunteer recruitment strategies from the research literature in a range of fields. The book is divided into ecological strata that reveal potential sources of volunteers for youth development programs. … This book is rich in examples, and it steers readers towards key research literatures and the strategies they reveal. The book is as much about who volunteers are as it is about how and where to find them." (Michael J. Karcher, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Vol. 37, 2008)


Table of contents (3 chapters)

  • Young People Are Resources to Be Developed: Promoting Positive Youth Development through Adult-Youth Relations and Community Assets

    Richard M. Lerner, Amy E. Alberts, Helena Jelicic, Lisa M. Smith

    Pages 19-39

  • Strategies to Motivate Behavior Change: How Can We Mobilize Adults to Promote Positive Youth Development?

    Alexander J. Rothman, Katherine C. Haydon

    Pages 101-114

  • Think Globally, Act Locally: A Global Perspective on Mobilizing Adults for Positive Youth Development

    Tina M. Durand, M. Brinton Lykes

    Pages 233-254

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Hardcover $149.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mobilizing Adults for Positive Youth Development
Book Subtitle
Strategies for Closing the Gap between Beliefs and Behaviors
Editors
  • E. Gil Clary
  • Jean E. Rhodes
Series Title
The Search Institute Series on Developmentally Attentive Community and Society
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-29340-0
DOI
10.1007/0-387-29340-X
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-29173-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-3974-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 276
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