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Recognition for positive behavior as a critical youth development construct: conceptual bases and implications on youth service development.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22666155     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Recognition for positive behavior is an appropriate response of the social environment to elicit desirable external behavior among the youth. Such positive responses, rendered from various social systems, include tangible and intangible reinforcements. The following theories are used to explain the importance of recognizing positive behavior: operational conditioning, observational learning, self-determination, and humanistic perspective. In the current work, culturally and socially desirable behaviors are discussed in detail with reference to Chinese adolescents. Positive behavior recognition is especially important to adolescent development because it promotes identity formation as well as cultivates moral reasoning and social perspective thinking from various social systems. The significance of recognizing positive behavior is illustrated through the support, tutorage, invitation, and subsidy provided by Hong Kong's social systems in recognition of adolescent volunteerism. The practical implications of positive behavior recognition on youth development programs are also discussed in this work.
Ben M F Law; Andrew M H Siu; Daniel T L Shek
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2012-05-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  TheScientificWorldJournal     Volume:  2012     ISSN:  1537-744X     ISO Abbreviation:  ScientificWorldJournal     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-05     Completed Date:  2012-10-26     Revised Date:  2013-07-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101131163     Medline TA:  ScientificWorldJournal     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  809578     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Behavior*
Hong Kong
Voluntary Workers

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