That is, a young person enacts behaviors indicative of the Five Cs by contributing positively to self, family, community, and—ultimately—civil society (Lerner, 2004). Such contributions are envisioned to have both a behavioral (action) component and an ideological component (that is, the young person possesses an identity that specifies that such contributions are predicated on moral and civic duty; Lerner et al., 2003a). In other words, when youth believe they should contribute to self and context and when they act on these beliefs, they will both reflect and promote further advances in both their own positive development and, as well, the "health" of their social world. Theoretically, there will be adaptive individual — context developmental regulations.

The developmental course of the ideological and behavioral components of contributions to self and society remains to be determined. For example, given the orthogenetic principle (Werner, 1957), it may be that these components are differentiated (e.g., weakly correlated) in early developmental periods (e.g., at the beginning of adolescence) and become integrated later in ontogeny. However, as we discuss below, there is reason to believe that both positive development and youth contributions to self and to their ecology are likely to take place in the context of community-based, youth development programs.

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