Research :: Helping Young Men Thrive: Positive Youth Development and Men’s Health

Positive youth development (PYD) is a strong and growing field that complements the traditional problem-focused view of youth, and describes and promotes the healthy development and positive outcomes of young people. The PYD perspective can be applied in clinical and community intervention settings. Frameworks such as the “Five Cs” and the Search Institute’s developmental assets model have guided researchers and practitioners in better understanding the process of PYD and the effectiveness of community interventions to promote PYD. The PYD literature lacks a coherent guiding framework to describe gender differences in positive development, which in turn could guide community and clinical interventions designed to help young men thrive.

Vo, D.Z., & Park, M.J. (2009). Helping Young Men Thrive: Positive Youth Development and Men’s Health. Am J Mens Health, 3(4), 352-359


Developmental Science/Approach, Males, Young Adults


February 11, 2009


Dzung X. Vo and M. Jane Park


Use of Mental Health Counseling as Adolescents Become Young Adults

This 2008 article uses AddHealth data to compare rates of mental health counseling use between adolescents and young adults.

Mental/Behavioral Health | Transitions & Trajectories | Young Adults

Adolescent Health Highlight: Physical Development and Daily Health Habits

This report by NAHIC and Child Trends discusses the importance of nurturing healthy habits during adolescence to support physical growth. It discusses the effects of habits including diet, physical activity, sleep, and oral health.

Developmental Science/Approach | Overviews/Fact Sheets | Recommendations | Trends

Health Care for Adolescents and Young Adults Leaving Foster Care

This 2006 issue brief describes the young people who are aging out of foster care, their health status, and the barriers they face when leaving foster care.

Policy | Special Populations | Transitions & Trajectories | Young Adults

Improvement in Preventive Care of Young Adults After ACA

This original research article, Improvement in Preventive Care of Young Adults After the Affordable Care Act: The Affordable Care Act Is Helping, by researchers in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine investigated how the implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act affected young adults’ rates of insurance and receipt of preventive services. Using data […]

Access & Utilization | Affordable Care Act | Clinical Preventive Services | Young Adults

Investing in Adolescence: Building a Strong Foundation for Male Health

This 2007 article reviews the overall health of adolescent males and discusses the issues we should focus on to improve male health.

Males | Risky Behavior