Developmental Peacebuilding Model: Predictors and Impact of Youth Peacebuilding
Developmental Peacebuilding Model: Predictors and Impact of Youth Peacebuilding, Laura Taylor School of Psychology, UCD
25th jan online
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Over 60% of armed conflicts reoccur; the seed of future conflict is sown even as a peace agreement is signed. The cyclical nature of war calls for a focus on youth. Yet, youth are not merely passive victims or violent perpetrators; they are also at the forefront of peacebuilding (i.e., constructive engagement addressing the immediate impact and root causes of episodic and structural violence). Youth peacebuilding occurs over time and across levels of the social ecology, through individual (microsystem/relational), subnational (mesosystem/structural), and national and international (macrosystem/cultural) change. Youth also build quality peace (i.e., attitudes, institutions, and structures that enable security, dignity, and predictability) in non-conflict affected countries. This presentation will share research findings supporting the Developmental Peacebuilding Model, with implications for the Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 16, and welcomes feedback for future research that addresses complementary sides of this research challenge: first, what predicts youth peacebuilding, and second, what is the impact of youth peacebuilding (i.e., does it work?).