Lerner RM, Lerner JV, Murry VM, Smith EP, Bowers EP, Geldhof GJ, Buckingham MH. Positive Youth Development in 2020: Theory, Research, Programs, and the Promotion of Social Justice. Journal of research on adolescence : the official journal of the Society for Research on Adolescence. 2021 Dec;31(31). 1114-1134. PMID: 34820946 [PubMed]
We use Hamilton's (1999) tripartite conception of the positive youth development (PYD) literature - that is, PYD as a theoretical construct, PYD as a frame for program design, and PYD as an instance of specific youth development programs - as a framework for reviewing scholarship involved in the PYD field across the second decade of the 21st century. Advances were made in all three domains and, as well, new issues emerged; chief among them was a focus on the promotion of social justice. We discuss ways in which social justice issues are being addressed within each of these domains and we present a vision for enhancing the PYD-social justice relation in future scholarship involving theory, research, program design, and community-based PYD programs.