Health professionals who care for children will find a thoughtful and hands-on resource to address racism and race-related issues in their practices in this essay collection. Leading experts from across disciplines frame the issues and provide practical information on prevention, intervention, and anticipatory guidance. Each chapter is grounded in the recommendations outlined in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement “The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health.” The AAP is committed to reducing the ongoing costs and burden of racism to children, the health care system, and society—this book is an important contribution to that effort and ongoing conversation. Available for purchase at https://www.aap.org/Untangling-the-Thread-of-Racism-A-Primer-for-Pediatric-Health-Professionals-Paperback
26: Positive Youth Development As an Anti-Racist Strategy
Merrian J. Brooks, DO, MS, Daniela Brissett, MD, Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, "Positive Youth Development As an Anti-Racist Strategy", Untangling the Thread of Racism: A Primer for Pediatric Health Professionals, American Academy of Pediatrics, Maria Trent, MD, MPH, FSAHM, FAAP, Danielle G. Dooley, MD, MPhil, FAAP, Jacqueline Dougé, MD, MPH, FAAP
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Adolescence, including preadolescence, is a time of profound opportunity when youth (aged 10–18 years) must have positive experiences that will shape them into contributing young adults. Yet too many people associate adolescence with problems or risk-taking behaviors. Positive youth development provides pediatric health professionals with guiding principles to create an environment where all youth can maximize adolescence to develop to their full potential. It supports all youth to develop into thriving natural explorers, a task as meaningful as when an infant learns to move or a toddler learns to communicate.
Keywords: positive youth development, resilience, strength-based programming