Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Confucian Virtues and Positive Youth Development: Insights for Service Leadership

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Confucian Virtues and Positive Youth Development: Insights for Service Leadership

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In the last two decades, positive youth development approach has received increasing attention by researchers in the fields of adolescent development and prevention sciences. While a growing body of research has demonstrated the usefulness of the positive youth development approach, the theoretical foundation of this approach is mostly based on Western literature. There is a lack of indigenous theoretical framework for understanding youth development in Chinese adolescents, a population that accounts for one sixth of the world youth population.

Confucian virtues are regarded as developmental ideals and important character traits in the Chinese culture, despite industrialization and urbanization in different Chinese communities. Unfortunately, although Confucian virtues are commonly discussed under Chinese philosophies, they are rarely examined in the context of developmental research. In this presentation, we will introduce several key Confucian virtues including loyalty ("zhong"), filial piety ("xiao"), benevolence ("ren"), affection ("ai"), trustworthiness ("xin"), righteousness ("yi"), harmony ("he"), peace ("ping"), propriety ("li"), wisdom ("zhi"), integrity ("lian"), and shame ("chi"). …

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