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U.S. News and World Report covers Tufts study on sports and youth development.
Richard Lerner and the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development
are featured in a blog on Newsweek.com. You can read the blog
Richard M. Lerner’s theoretical and empirical work is featured in the 13th Children and Youth Report
of the German government
(This report is one of the key resources used to develop new policies by the German federal government.
The report is written by the Deutsche Jugendinstitut in Munich.)
Read pages 45 to 49 of the
Richard M. Lerner makes a second appearance on The Today Show
Watch second clip here.
Richard M. Lerner's work was featured in an article in Good Housekeeping
Watch the first clip
Richard M. Lerner appears on The Today Show to talk about PYD and The
Watch the clip here.
Institute Publishes Findings of 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development
Richard M. Lerner featured on the Jonathan M.
Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service website
Read the article.
Institute featured in Templeton Foundation Milestones
The Institute is honored and delighted that the January 2008 edition of
the John Templeton Foundation Milestones publication features the work
of Rich Lerner, his colleagues - Rob Roeser and Erin Phelps, graduate
students, and collaborators across the U. S. and abroad - in the John
Templeton Foundation-supported research project, "The Role of Spiritual
Development in Growth of Purpose, Generosity, and Psychological Health
in Adolescence." The article, "Rethinking Adolescence in Spiritual
Terms" notes the role of Rich's new book The Good Teen (Crown) in
fostering a new, positive vision of youth and the role of spirituality
in promoting their healthy development.
Review the Milestones article.
Book Release News
Richard Lerner's new book, The Good Teen, hit the bookshelves on October 9.
It supports a new conception of adolescence, based on strengths rather than weaknesses.
Every teen, whatever their ability or background, has the same potential for healthy
and successful development. In The Good Teen, Lerner presents the five personality
characteristics, called the 5 Cs, that are proven to fuel positive development:
Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, and Caring. When the 5 Cs coalesce, a
sixth emerges, Contribution: where young people contribute to their own development in
an energetic and optimistic way. He also prescribes specific ways parents can foster
the 5 Cs at home and in their communities. The book is available at major bookstores or
See Richard Lerner discuss the Good Teen on Fox 25 news.
Richard M. Lerner, Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science, and Director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University appears in a feature interview in the September issue of
He discusses his forthcoming book The Good Teen and dispels the myth that the adolescent years are times of trouble. Dr. Lerner describes how people came to erroneously believe that adolescence is a necessarily dangerous period and, in turn, he explains why the teenage years are a positive time of life. He illustrates how parents and other adults can be resources for teens to develop in positive ways and what they can do to foster the
"5 Cs" – competence, confidence, character, connection, and caring.
See Richard Lerner discuss The Good Teen on Good Morning America. Note: you will need Quicktime or Windows Media Player to view this video.
For the full interview, please visit http://www.smithsonianmag.com/issues/2007/september/interview-lerner.php.
Dr. Lerner writes Op-Ed piece to highlight social justice and health
disparities among America's youth
Richard M. Lerner has an Op-Ed piece published in the in Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel. Read the article
Dr. Lerner appears in Safety4Kids column on WebMD
Dr. Lerner also appears in a new Safety4Kids column on WebMD along with the site’s regular contributors in reaction to the controversial new CBS television reality show,
"Kid Nation." His column "'Kid Nation' will be an instance of a cruel and exploitative assault on the lives of young people..." is available at http://blogs.webmd.com/safety4kids/.
Dr. Lerner appears in two articles in the September 27th issue of
USA Today, including a feature article on the adolescent brain
Teens driven to distraction: Nature or nurture?
Is it just adolescent angst, or something more?