Intentional Self Regulation and Positive Youth Development: Implications for Youth Development Programs

Journal of Youth Development. 2016;10(3):89-101 DOI 10.5195/jyd.2015.10


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Journal Title: Journal of Youth Development

ISSN: 2325-4017 (Online)

Publisher: University Library System, University of Pittsburgh

Society/Institution: National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA)

LCC Subject Category: Education: Theory and practice of education

Country of publisher: United States

Language of fulltext: English

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Lisa M. Chauveron (Montclair State University)
Miriam R. Linver (Montclair State University)
Jennifer Brown Urban (Montclair State University)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 13 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Character education programs are mission-aligned with the positive youth development (PYD) perspective, which, in research with American youth suggests that intentional self-regulation (ISR) develops through mutually beneficial interactions between youth and their environment. Cross-cultural studies of Western youth suggest an adolescence-specific ISR process may exist. We begin to extend this work to assess the relationship between ISR and positive development in young Scottish adolescents (approximately 7th grade, N = 82; 50% male), a previously unexamined group. ISR was correlated with the Five Cs of PYD and OLS regression analyses demonstrated that ISR predicted two of the Five Cs: Character and Connection. We discuss implications for youth development programs of the findings that ISR and some indices of PYD were linked in a sample of Scottish youth.