Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Education Studies

Title

Behavioral competence as a positive youth development construct: A conceptual review

Language

English

Abstract

Behavioral competence is delineated in terms of four parameters: (a) Moral and Social Knowledge, (b) Social Skills, (c) Positive Characters and Positive Attributes, and (d) Behavioral Decision Process and Action Taking. Since Ma's other papers in this special issue have already discussed the moral and social knowledge as well as the social skills associated in detail, this paper focuses on the last two parameters. It is hypothesized that the following twelve positive characters are highly related to behavioral competence: humanity, intelligence, courage, conscience, autonomy, respect, responsibility, naturalness, loyalty, humility, assertiveness, and perseverance. Large-scale empirical future studies should be conducted to substantiate the predictive validity of the complete set of these positive characters. The whole judgment and behavioral decision process is constructed based on the information processing approach. The direction of future studies should focus more on the complex input, central control, and output subprocesses and the interactions among these sub-processes. The understanding of the formation of behavior is crucial to whole-person education and positive youth development. Copyright © 2012 Hing Keung Ma.

Publication Date

2012

Source Publication Title

Scientific World Journal

Volume

2012

Start Page

1

End Page

7

Publisher

Hindawi Publishing Corporation

DOI

10.1100/2012/568272

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/2012/568272

ISSN (print)

23566140

ISSN (electronic)

1537744X

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