New review: Neighbourhood interventions to promote positive youth development

In this freshly published narrative systematic review, the authors (Josee Lapalme, Sherri Bisset and Louise Potvin) are asking: how do neighbourhood interventions become effective in promoting positive youth development?

They addressed this question by analyzing 19 studies using a framework integrating standards of health promotion evaluation and elements of the ecological systems perspective. They found that the key characteristics of interventions that promote positive youth development are a) an intervention’s atmosphere encouraging supportive relationships and b) an intervention’s activities aiming to build skills that are real and challenging. Additionally, they identified facilitators and constraints to an intervention’s integration within its context. Could you guess what these facilitators/ constraints might be?

The authors conclude that context is an important element of effective interventions and encourage further research on the subject.

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