Recent Publications

Gutiérrez, V., Larson, L.W., Raffaelli, M., Fernandez, M., & Guzman, S. (in press). How staff of youth programs respond to culture-related incidents: Non-engagement vs. going ‘full-right-in’. Journal of Adolescent Research.

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Griffith, A. N., & Larson, R. W. (in press). Why trust matters: How confidence in leaders transforms what adolescents gain from youth programs. Journal of Research on Adolescence.

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Larson, R. W., Walker, K. C., Rusk, N. & Diaz, L. B. (2015). Understanding youth development from the practitioner’s point of view: A call for research on effective practice. Applied Developmental Science, 19 (2), 74-86.

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Larson, R. W. (2011). Positive development in a disorderly world: SRA Presidential Address. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21, 317-334.

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Larson, R. W., & Dawes, N.P., (2015). How to cultivate adolescents’ motivation: Effective strategies employed by the professional staff of American youth programs. In S. Joseph (Ed.), Positive psychology in practice (pp. 313-326). New York: Wiley.

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Griffith, A. & Larson, R. W. (2014). Dealing with moms and dads: Family dilemmas encountered by youth program leaders. Journal of Youth Development, 9(2), 34-51

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Salusky, I., Larson, R.W., Griffith, A., Wu, J., Raffaelli, M., Sugimura, N., Guzman, M. (2014). How adolescents develop responsibility: What can be learned from youth programs. Journal of Adolescent Research. 24(3), 417-430.

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Rusk, N., Larson, R. W., Raffaelli, M., Walker, K., Washington, L., Gutierrez, V., Kang, H., Tran, S., & Perry, S. C. (2013). Positive youth development in organized programs: How teens learn to manage emotions. In C. Proctor & P. A. Linley (Eds.), Positive psychology: Research, applications and interventions for children and adolescents. New York, NY: Springer.

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Larson, R. W., Jensen, L., Kang, H., Griffith, A. & Rompala, V. (2012).  Peer Groups as a Crucible of Positive Value Development in a Global World. In G. Trommsdorff & X. Chen (Eds.) Values, Religion, and Culture in Adolescent Development. New York: Cambridge University Press.

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Dawes, N. P., & Larson, R.W. (2011). How youth get engaged: Grounded-theory research on motivational development in organized youth programs. Developmental Psychology. 47(1), 259-269.

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Larson, R. W. (2011). Adolescents’ conscious processes of developing regulation: Learning to appraise challenges. In R. M. Lerner, J. V. Lerner, E. P. Bowers, S. Lewin-Bizan, S. Gestsdottir, & J. B. Urban (Eds.). Thriving in childhood and adolescence: The role of self regulation processes: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development. No. 134. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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Larson, R.W. & Angus, R.M. (2011). Adolescents’ development of skills for agency in youth programs: Learning to think strategically. Child Development, 82, 277-294.

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Larson, R. & Angus, R. (2011). Pursuing paradox: The role of adults in creating empowering settings for youth. Prepared for M. Aber, K. Maton, & E. Seidman (Eds.).Empowerment settings and voices for social change (pp. 65-93). New York: Oxford.

Advisors of youth programs navigate the paradox of trying to provide direction while allowing youth to make decisions and learn from their actions. This article examines what differentiates advisors who are effective in facilitating youth’s development of empowerment skills (specifically strategic thinking). We found these advisors exercised an art of “leading from behind” in which they provided judicious support- when and if needed – in ways that maintained youth’s experience of agency and facilitated their cycles of learning.

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Larson, R. W, Perry, S. C., Kang, H., & Walker, K. C. (2011). Understanding the Development in Youth Development Programs: Looking To the Future. Journal of Youth Development, 6 (3), 155-167.

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Larson, R.W. & Rusk, N. (2011). Intrinsic Motivation and Positive Development. In R. M. Lerner, J.V. Lerner, & J.B. Benson (Eds). Advances in Child Development and Behavior: Positive Youth Development (pp. 89-130)Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

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