EXPLORING DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS IN UGANDAN YOUTH

Christopher Drescher, Eu Gene Chin, Laura R Johnson, Julie S Johnson-Pynn

Abstract


Ugandan youth face a number of threats to their healthy development including poverty, high rates of disease, civil conflict, and environmental degradation. Cultivating developmental competencies is critical, not only for youth, but also for the future of Ugandan communities and civil society. In this article, we highlight contextual challenges facing Ugandan youth, report exploratory results on “standard” measures of developmental assets, and discuss the utility of a positive youth development (PYD) framework in Uganda. Despite difficult circumstances, our results indicated high levels of internal and external assets as assessed with the Developmental Assets Profile (DAP). The DAP demonstrated acceptable internal consistencies and was correlated with two other measures of youth assets, self-efficacy, and civic action. Although researchers should proceed with caution when using psychometric measures in new cultural contexts, our results provide preliminary support for the use of the DAP and a PYD framework for advancing adolescent research and programming in Uganda.

Keywords


Uganda, positive youth development, developmental assets, self-efficacy, civic action

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International Journal of Child, Youth & Family Studies
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(online) 1920-7298
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