TitleEffects of the Positive Action Program on Indicators of Positive Youth Development Among Urban Youth
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLewis, KM, Vuchinich, S, Ji, P, Dubois, DL, Acock, A, Bavarian, N, Day, J, Silverthorn, N, Flay, BR
JournalApplied Developmental Science
Pagination1 - 13
Date Published05/2015

This study evaluated effects of Positive Action, a school-based social-emotional and character development 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 was 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.