Effects of the Positive Action Program on Indicators of Positive Youth Development Among Urban Youth.

Academic Article


  • This study evaluated effects of Positive Action, a school-based social-emotional and character development (SECD) intervention, on indicators of positive youth development (PYD) among a sample of low-income, ethnic minority youth attending 14 urban schools. The study used a matched-pair, cluster-randomized controlled design at the school level. A multiple-measure self-report protocol assessed four key strengths and resources for PYD: self-concept, peer affiliations, ethics, and social skills. Students (n=1170) were assessed from grades 3 to 8, the duration of the intervention, with drop-outs and late entrants included in analyses. Growth curve analyses revealed evidence of favorable program effects on each of the four types of resources. The study contributes to PYD research by providing evidence for school-based interventions in low-income, urban contexts for ethnic minority youth.
  • Authors

  • Lewis, Kendra
  • Vuchinich, Samuel
  • Ji, Peter
  • DuBois, David L
  • Acock, Alan
  • Bavarian, Niloofar
  • Day, Joseph
  • Silverthorn, Naida
  • Flay, Brian R
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • 2016
  • Published In


  • adolescence
  • longitudinal
  • positive youth development
  • social-emotional and character development
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 16
  • End Page

  • 28
  • Volume

  • 20
  • Issue

  • 1