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


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 Homeless Youth: Policy Options for Improving Access

This issue brief, developed by the Center for Adolescent Health & the Law, presents an overview of the health care issues faced by homeless adolescents and young adults.

Access & Utilization | Policy | Special Populations | Young Adults

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

Stress and Stress Management Among Youth and Young Men

This 2008 article examines research related to stress and stress management, with a focus on young males.

Males | Mental/Behavioral Health | Young Adults

A Shifting Health Landscape for Adolescents and Young Adults: Planning for the Implementation of Federal Health Care Reform in New York

This brief is the second in a series of publications associated with a multi-year evaluation of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (MSAHC), which provides comprehensive health services to adolescents and young adults ages 10-24 in the New York City metro area.

Affordable Care Act | Clinical Guidelines | Confidential Care | Policy | State Policy | Young Adults | Youth-Centered Care