Document Type


Publication Date

Summer 6-21-2013

Journal / Book Title

Journal of Research on Adolescence


A shift occurred in research about adolescents in the general population. Research is moving away from deficits toward a resilience paradigm and understanding trajectories of positive youth development. This shift has been less consistent in research and practice with African American youth. A gap also exists in understanding whether individual youth development dimensions generate potential in other dimensions. This study presents an empowerment-based positive youth development model. It builds upon existing research to present a new vision of healthy development for African American youth that is strengths-based, developmental, culture-bound, and action-oriented. It emphasizes the relationship between person and environment, the reinforcing nature of developmental assets, and the necessity of a sense of community and community engagement for youth.


Published Citation

Travis Jr, Raphael, and Tamara GJ Leech. "Empowerment-Based Positive Youth Development: A New Understanding of Healthy Development for African American Youth." JOURNAL OF RESEARCH ON ADOLESCENCE 1 (2013): 24.