How Family and School Matter: Forum on Positive Youth Development
Hosted by Master’s Program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Department of Psychology, Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP)
Date: 13 September 2017
Time: 7:30am – 12:00pm
Venue: Angkor-Kizuna Hall at Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC), RUPP (Russian Federation Boulevard, Toul Kork, Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
The forum aims to bring professionals together discussing implications for Positive Youth Development (PYD) on the basis of research findings and experiences from working with young people.
- Youth mental health and well-being from the PYD study
- School Counseling Training initiated by Department of Psychology, RUPP
- Build research capacity for the master students major in clinical and counseling psychology through PYD research project
- Introduce Positive Youth Development framework (internal and external asset framework)
- Present about PYD research project – data collection, methodology, and the findings
- Have panel discussion regarding the implications for Positive Youth Development, further research, and practical experience in working with young people in Cambodian context
- Have poster presentations of graduates’ masteral theses related to youth in Cambodia
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Overview of PYD Study:
RUPP Department of Psychology presents the results of the study
Towards Positive Youth Development among High School Students in Cambodia (PYD survey 2017)
In Cambodia, adolescents account for approximate 25 % of the population. Their successful maturation into adults who experience well-being and optimal functioning and who aspire to serve their country should be a major concern of the respective agents in society.
Since 2014, the Royal University of Phnom Penh Department of Psychology (RUPP-DP) supports school-based counselling services for high-school students. A primary goal of these counselling services is to help students achieve and maintain an adequate quality of mental health and well-being as well as to encourage students’ aspirations for their future professions.
The positive youth development (PYD) framework attributes adolescents’ successful maturation to the support and resources (external assets) adolescents receive from their social environment, notably from their families and schools.
Additionally, it is the youth themselves, with a growing sense of competence and responsibility, who work towards the goals they have set for themselves. The PYD framework thus recognizes the youth as possessing some of the needed resources for their development – designated as internal assets.
Enabling schools and families
In support of RUPP-DP’s school-based counselling initiatives, the research project Towards Positive Youth Development among High School Students in Cambodia based on the PYD framework aims to determine which internal and external assets best support youth’s current level of mental health and well-being, as well as their aspirations for future success. Within this PYD framework the study examined positive perception of roles and tasks in the family, discipline and self-control in school, initiative, social competence and relatedness (internal assets).
Further, the study focused on the influence of family and school where external assets are supplied. Specifically, the research investigated positive relations and social climate as well as the responsibility of young people for certain roles and tasks in the family and the school as an aspect of empowerment.
 Cambodia General Population Census 2008. Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Santiago, Chile: National Institute of Statistics and Latin American and Caribbean Demographic Centre, Population Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations. [Cited 23 February 2017.] Available from: http://celade.cepal.org/khmnis/census/
 Lerner, R. M. (2005, September). Promoting positive youth development: Theoretical and empirical bases. In White paper prepared for the workshop on the science of adolescent health and development, national research council/institute of medicine. Washington, DC:National Academies of Science.