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Positive Youth Development within a Family Leisure Context: Youth Perspectives of Family Outcomes

2011
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Positive Youth Development within a Family Leisure Context: Youth Perspectives of Family Outcomes

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Although a variety of recreation programs provide valuable settings for youth development and should continue, the home should be considered the first and perhaps the most essential context for positive youth development. Family leisure experiences are purposely or intentionally planned by invested adults (parents) to create and maintain meaningful relationships and provide supportive opportunities for their children to learn skills and develop behaviors that will not only strengthen current family life but ultimately contribute to their overall positive development. The article presents family leisure research from a youth perspective and sets out the implications of the role of home-based core types of leisure that families engage in.

Ward, P., & Zabriskie, R. (2011). Positive youth development within a family leisure context: Youth perspectives of family outcomes. New Directions For Youth Development, 29-42.

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