The definition and preliminary measurement of thriving in adolescence

  title={The definition and preliminary measurement of thriving in adolescence},
  author={Peter L. Benson and Peter C. Scales},
  journal={The Journal of Positive Psychology},
  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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    Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines
  • 1994
The foregoing review has been organised in terms of five developmental hypotheses--it is clear that future studies of prosocial development must examine the contributions of empathy, guilt and children's awareness of moral and conventional standards to children's overt prosocial actions with friends and family members.