The definition and preliminary measurement of thriving in adolescence

@article{Benson2009TheDA,
  title={The definition and preliminary measurement of thriving in adolescence},
  author={Peter L. Benson and Peter C. Scales},
  journal={The Journal of Positive Psychology},
  year={2009},
  volume={4},
  pages={104 - 85}
}
We describe ‘thriving’ as an under-utilized construct that can add value to theory, research, and application in adolescent development. We draw on developmental systems theories to suggest that thriving represents the dynamic and bi-directional interplay of a young person intrinsically animated and energized by discovering his/her specialness, and the developmental contexts (people, places) that know, affirm, celebrate, encourage, and guide its expression. We note that thriving shares some… 
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