Development of Positive Youth Development Indicators in the Context of Thai Adolescents


Research on the positive youth development (PYD) has been widely studied, based on the positive youth development model (Lerner, 2005). The objectives of this study were to develop and validate a scale for measuring the positive youth development of Thai adolescents. There was full form measurement for grades 10 to 12. Data were collected from 400 high school students, ranging in age from 16 to18 years (M = 17.2, SD = 0.81), in Bangkok, Thailand. The PYD scale was developed through a two-phase process. The first phase involved the generation of an item pool and the second a validation of the psychometric properties of the PYD scale in Thai version. Factor analysis was employed for study the dimensions of PYD. Factor analysis demonstrated that items loaded on 6 specific dimensions consists of competence, confidence, connection, character, caring and contribution. Results showed that a six-factor model of PYD had a better overall fit to the empirical data. The results were consistent with previous researches in term of the indicators. These indicators should be utilized in further developmental strengthening program for students. Findings of this study are discussed and limitation.

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Kaninthorn Lokhum, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
Sittipong Wattananonsakul, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand

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Conference: ACP2017
Stream: General Psychology

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