Positive Youth Development in the United States: Research Findings on Evaluations of Positive Youth Development Programs. Chapter Organization by Numbers of Social Domains


Program material in this chapter is ordered according to how many social domains a program incorporated into its youth development framework.  The number of social domains a program addressed is part of the definitional criteria for determining whether the intervention could be considered "comprehensive." Well-evaluated programs in a single social domain are presented first.  This section includes eight programs, two in the community domain and six in the school domain.  Programs operating in multiple social domains are presented next, beginning with programs in two domains and concluding with three domain programs.  The two-domain section has eight programs, including seven that combined family and school, and one program with school and community components.  The three-domain section has nine programs, seven of which combined family, school, and community, one addressing family, church, and community; and a program working with school, community, and the work place.  The description of each study presents the positive youth development constructs that were addressed, program curricula and strategies, the evaluation's research design, and the posttest and follow-up (if available) results of the intervention.  Some descriptions also feature implementation and cost-benefit information.