The positivity imperative: a critical look at the ‘new’ youth development movement

  title={The positivity imperative: a critical look at the ‘new’ youth development movement},
  author={Mayssoun Sukarieh and Stuart Tannock},
  journal={Journal of Youth Studies},
  pages={675 - 691}
The field of youth development, long given over to discussions of youth as a time of storm and stress, raging hormones and problem behavior, has increasingly turned to look at the ‘sunny side’ of youth – at their agency, insights, capabilities and contributions. Youth, we are now regularly told, are not problems but resources and assets. In this paper, we look critically at the new, positive youth development movement and argue that, although having many continuities with ‘old’ models of youth… 
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