Contributed Symposium

The relationship between intra-individual change in positive youth development and individual and contextual factors: findings from the Lithuanian study of positive youth development

[Speaker] Kaniusonyte, Goda:1
[Co-author] Zukauskiene, Rita:1, Malinauskiene, Oksana:1
1:Mykolas Romeris university (Lithuania)

Although numerous investigations of different developmental trajectories in adolescence have been undertaken, there is a dearth of literature examining the positive youth development trajectorys and their correlates. Thus, we investigated relationships between positive youth development (PYD) and individual (identity,emotional and behavioral problems)/contextual (family,school) factors in adolescence. Data are drawn from the four waves of a longitudinal study, conducted in Lithuania. This study assessed 450 students, grades 9-12 (48.6% male, M=15.12 SD=0.45 at T1). Latent class growth analysis identified a three-class solution of PYD: Increasing, Medium-stable, and Decreasing. Most adolescents reported Medium-stable PYD trajectory and 1/3 of adolescents- Increasing PYD trajectories from Grades 9to12. Membership in Increasing PYD trajectory was related to higher levels of parental knowledge, and peer/teacher's support at Grade 12, while Decreasing- to higher levels of emotional and behavioral problems and decreasing informational identity style. The analyses also identified gender and SES differences of these youth experiences.
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