As a community of researchers, our goals are to advance understanding of adolescence and enhance the wellbeing of youth in a globalized world. We promote high-quality research that considers the biological, psychological, and sociocultural aspects of development in context. We aim to lead and shape scientific and public discourse on youth and adolescence, and to guide parenting, schooling, programs, and policies. In order to achieve these goals we foster the professional development and growth of all members, and are relevant, visible, diverse, and global in perspective.
- We value young people – their experiences and perspectives – and see them as critical to a better future.
- We value research as a foundation for raising children and for informing educational and community programs, practices and policies that shape the lives of youth.
- We value diversity of membership including national, cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic, ability, and professional status.
- We value diversity in scholarship, including the study of diverse populations; disciplinary perspectives; and methodological approaches.