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Title: Beliefs in the future as a positive youth development construct : a conceptual review
Authors: Sun, RCF
Shek, DTL 
Keywords: Adolescence
Positive youth development
Beliefs in the future
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Nova Science Publishers
Source: Journal of alternative medicine research, 2012, v. 4, no. 4, p. 359-369 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of alternative medicine research 
Abstract: Beliefs in the future is an internalization of hope and optimism about future outcomes. This paper reviews and compares several theories of hope and optimism, and highlights the features constituting beliefs in the future. This paper points out that beliefs in the future includes a series of goal-directed thoughts and motivation, such as setting up valued and attainable goals, planning pathways, and maintaining self-confidence and mastery, so as to keep adolescents engaged in the pursuit of goals. This kind of personal mastery, together with socio-cultural values, family, school and peers are the antecedents leading to beliefs in the future, which is related to adolescents’ wellbeing and positive development. In order to cultivate
ISSN: 1939-5868
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