New Measures of Adolescent Development
Adolescence – the period between 10 and 19 years old - is increasingly recognized as a sensitive period for human development. Nevertheless, adolescence remains a poorly understood stage in the life course. Nearly 9 in 10 of the world’s 1.2 billion adolescents live in low- and middle-income countries, in a context of rapid social, economic and technological change. Many face multiple threats to their wellbeing and development. Yet most of what we know about this life phase comes from research and evaluations in high-income countries.
With support from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Young Lives is convening an international group of academic experts from wide-ranging disciplinary backgrounds in Oxford from December 12th to 14th to share promising measures of adolescent development, identify research gaps, and identify measures for further development and piloting in low and middle income countries. Our partners Professor Robert W. Blum (Johns Hopkins University), Professor Kate Tilleczek (University of Prince Edward Island) and Dr. Marc H. Bornstein (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) have worked closely with Professor Jo Boyden and the Young Lives team to design the workshop programme.