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An Overview: Handbook of Adolescent Development Research and it Impact on Global Policy

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Despite huge gains in child well-being during the Millennium Development Goals era, progress for adolescents – children in the second decade of life – is still lagging behind. "The Handbook of Adolescent Development Research and its Impact on Global Policy" aims to fill critical evidence gaps to speed evolution of better policy-making specifically tuned to this dynamic life stage. This SlideShare gives an overview of the book, which is co-edited by Prerna Banati (UNICEF Innocenti) and Jennifer E Lansford (Duke University).

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An Overview: Handbook of Adolescent Development Research and it Impact on Global Policy

  1. 1. Handbook of Adolescent Development Research & Its Impact on Global Policy Prerna Banati, UNICEF Innocenti Jennifer E. Lansford, Duke University
  2. 2. ADOLESCENCE: The developmental period from the onset of puberty until the transition to adulthood (approximately ages 10 - 20). It can be defined by one or more of these events: marriage, parenthood, completion of formal education, financial independence from parents.
  3. 3. About Us Prerna Banati Chief of Programmes, UNICEF Innocenti. Focus: social and structural forces that are fundamental determinants of poor wellbeing among children. Jennifer E. Lansford Research Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy & Faculty Fellow, Duke University. Focus: development of aggression and other behavior problems in diverse cultural contexts, with an emphasis on the influence of family and peer contexts.
  4. 4. About the Book Over 50 contributors from a variety of institutions. 23 chapters divided into 5 sections: Introduction: Adolescence in a Global Context ● Domains of Adolescent Development ● Social Relationships ● Risks and Opportunities ● Interventions and Policies ● Empowerment of Adolescents Conclusion: Adolescent Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy
  5. 5. Common Themes Many factors impacting adolescents are structural (poverty, gender inequality) Supportive relationships (family, peer environments) are important for optimal adolescent development We can add value by including adolescents themselves as key stakeholders Need for more research with focus on low- and middle-income countries and fragile contexts
  6. 6. What is different about this book? The book frames adolescence in a positive light, representing young people as opportunities, rather than an issue to be solved. Existing literature on adolescence disproportionately focuses on adolescence in high income Western contexts. This book represents young people’s experiences across the globe. With over 50 authors from different backgrounds, the book’s diversity reflects the complexity of adolescence and adopts bigger picture thinking.
  7. 7. Why this Matters Now The book provides guidance on the operationalisation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Many policy and programme responses are fragmented. The book is a response to this, promoting decision-making which better addresses adolescent well being. Investments in early childhood should continue into adolescence. A positive shift in discourses around young people is encouraged.
  8. 8. The Voices of Young People
  9. 9. “I ask for attention to the ones whose destinies are pre-determined from the day that they were born. We don’t choose to be born in the slums, we don’t choose to be born in a community where every lane seems like a thread of the perpetuating loom of poverty.” Priyanka Patil, Age 17, India
  10. 10. “We do not want privileges to avoid mandatory provisions or receive special treatments; we demand similar conditions for our individual growing… in order to be accurately empowered with self-confidence to build our future.” María Fernanda Lucía Silva Morote, Age 18, Peru
  11. 11. Highlights
  12. 12. Adolescents and Armed Conflict: war, conflict, and child soldiers Betancourt et al. ‘In situations of armed conflict, as in other situations of risk, adolescents faced with insecurity… may engage in adaptive behaviors and survival strategies that put them at risk in other areas... Banding together for protection and personal advancement can foster a sense of identity and community… even when shaped by war or retribution ideology… Joining an armed group may help young people to secure their basic needs for food, shelter and a livelihood.’ ‘Despite their vulnerability, however, adolescents in war-affected settings should be seen not only as victims but also as individuals with the agency to act and make decisions in accordance with their evolving capacities.’ ‘Their risky and adaptive survival strategies, a demonstration of the agency of youth and families, can serve as a roadmap for programs and policies to provide more productive alternatives and to work alongside adaptive strategies rather than supplanting them.’
  13. 13. Teens in Public Spaces and Natural Landscapes: Issues of Access and Design Brunelle et al. ‘For most adolescents around the world, the reality is that they have no obvious rights to public space, and their ability to access landscapes and nature is often more restricted today than in previous generations.’ ‘We further explore the need for and benefits associated with public spaces, including natural landscapes, for adolescents… We identify adolescents as a distinct landscape user group with significant spatial needs, and discuss ways to harness the power of adolescents in environmental debate, and in civic and natural disaster relief efforts.’ ‘We examine ways to incorporate teens’ developing needs, both physical and psychosocial, into public space design that facilitates their connection with local communities, and prioritizes their engagement with public space, civic life and natural environments.’
  14. 14. Poverty, Risk and Resilience: The Case of Street-Involved Youth Koller et al. ‘...The empirical evidence collected to date does not allow firm conclusions to be drawn about the long- term impact of street life, because (with a few exceptions) prior research has not been grounded in the literature that examined developmentally relevant factors, or followed youth prospectively.’ ‘This chapter aims to present a selective review that can be used to identify some contradictions about street life, which once recognized may be used to inform interventions and social policy initiatives.’
  15. 15. “Adults - government leaders, policy makers, educators, social workers, activists this is an open invitation. Come and help us recreate our own loom where we shall thread our own stories in new colors of dreams and hope.” Priyanka Patil, Age 17, India
  16. 16. “An important and timely resource. It combines up-to-date reviews of research on adolescent development by the world's leading authorities with thoughtful discussions of some of the most pressing concerns that societies face in both developed and developing countries in their efforts to minimize problematic outcomes and maximize positive development during this critical stage of development. I recommend it highly.” Larry Steinberg, Temple University
  17. 17. Chapters Introduction: Adolescence in a Global Context Prerna Banati and Jennifer E. Lansford Section 1: Domains of Adolescent Development 2. Health and Wellbeing in Adolescence: A Dynamic Profile Susan M. Sawyer and George C. Patton 3. Neurocognitive Development During Adolescence Nikki C. Lee, Miriam Hollarek, and Lydia Krabbendam 4. Studying Positive Youth Development in Different Nations: Theoretical and Methodological Issues Richard M. Lerner, Jacqueline V. Lerner, G. John Geldhof, Steinunn Gestsdóttir, Pamela Ebstyne King, Alistair T R Sim, Milena Batanova, Jonathan M. Tirrell, and Elizabeth Dowling 5. Adolescent Civic Engagement in Contemporary Political and Technological Realities Colette Daiute Section 2: Social Relationships 6. Parent-Adolescent Relationships in Global Perspective Marc H. Bornstein and Diane L. Putnick 7. Peer Relationships Doran C. French and Hoi Shan Cheung 8. The Contribution of Nonfamily Adults to Adolescent Well- Being: A Global Research and Policy Perspective Peter C. Scales and Eugene C. Roehlkepartain
  18. 18. Chapters Section 3: Social Relationships 9. How to End Child Marriage Around the World: Strategies, Progress and Action Needed Lakshmi Sundaram, Ellen Travers, and Matilda Branson 10. Adolescents and Armed Conflict: War, Conflict, and Child Soldiers Theresa S. Betancourt, Stephanie Zuilkowski, Emily Coles, Katharine Collet, and Musu Jambai 11. Immigrant and Refugee Youth Positive Adaptation and Development Frosso Motti- Stefanidi 12. Push-out, Pull-out, or Opting-out? Reasons Cited by Adolescents for Discontinuing Education in Four Low and Middle Income Countries Renu Singh and Protap Mukherjee 13. Poverty, Risk and Resilience: The Case of Street-Involved Youth Silvia H. Koller, Juliana Prates Santana, and Marcela Raffaelli 14. Parent-Based Models of Adolescent Substance Use: A Global Perspective Andrea M. Hussong and Ruth K. Smith
  19. 19. Chapters Section 4: Interventions and Policies 15. Making Strategic Investments in Adolescent Wellbeing Elena Camilletti and Prerna Banati 16. Social Protection, Adolescent Well-Being, and Development in Low-and Middle-Income Countries Suman Verma 17. Mental Health Challenges and Interventions for Adolescents: The First 1,000 Weeks Lorraine Sherr 18. Teens in Public Spaces and Natural Landscapes: Issues of Access and Design Sara Brunelle, Mariana Brussoni, Susan Herrington, M. Kyle Matsuba, and Michael W. Pratt 19. HIV Prevention Among Adolescents: What Have We Learned and Where are We? Audrey Pettifor and Hamsa Subramaniam Section 5: Empowerment of Adolescents 20. Adolescent Development and Capacity Building Esther F. Akinsola and Anne C. Petersen 21. Gender Equity and the SDGs: Collective Impact for Change Elizabeth Dettori and Geeta Rao Gupta 22. Young People's Participation in Program Design Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Pamela Wridt 23. Conclusions: Adolescent Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy Jennifer E. Lansford and Prerna Banati
  20. 20. Thank You! Joint volume between the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) and UNICEF’s Office of Research at Innocenti Published by Oxford University Press. Available to order here

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