FIIP: Advancing Optimal Well-Being in Adolescence. A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Minority and Mainstream Youth in Bulgaria and Sweden

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/02/2014
End date: 31/01/2016
Funding: 1989900 SEK


Advancing well-being of children and youth through promoting successful psychological and educational outcomes remains core international policy issue (UNICEF, 2013). Additionally, most European countries are experiencing unprecedented increases in immigrant and ethnic minority families and children and their well-being and mental health are of keen interest on a number of grounds. This project examines environmental mechanisms across different domains (identity, family and school) that are conducive to positive youth development (PYD) in mainstream and ethnic minority youth in Bulgaria and Sweden. It will focus on internal (identity) and external (family and school) developmental assets as the precursors to PYD. The project targets youth in two contrasting European contexts (Bulgaria and Sweden), which have hardly been considered when studying PYD, thereby providing insight into the role of context on successful outcomes of youth. In adopting PYD, this project will build on the strength rather than weakness among minority and mainstream youth and their communities and respective countries. In so doing, it will address three main questions: (1) What are the contextual processes in societies, families and schools that are associated with optimal outcomes among youth? (2) Which identity, family and school resources might protect well-being and foster success of youth? (3) Do we find evidence for intergenerational transmission in identity and family resources that foster optimal outcomes and enhance youths' resilience? The outcomes of the project will provide policy suggestions that will both aid youth in navigating their educational systems as well as aid the school system in capitalizing on youth specific resources to foster success in these youth.

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