How do youth develop into thriving adults? We conduct research and develop the tools that allow young people to go from merely existing to truly thriving.
We Conduct Transformative Research
The Thrive Center for Human Development is recognized as a leading research center in the study of spirituality and youth development. Researchers at the Thrive Center seek to better understand human thriving and to generate resources that transform the lives of youth and their communities. Our researchers pioneer new ways to look at and promote human thriving through projects such as developing a phone app that nurtures character development or studying how intercessory prayer is a path to broader generosity. We study thriving in diverse populations, with longitudinal research studies ranging from an examination of purpose- versus performance-based identity in elite athletes to an evaluation of the power of holistic, faith-based developmental support for youth living in poverty globally.
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We Generate Tools and Resources to Promote Thriving
This smartphone app, developed as part of a large-scale experimental study, combines technology and positive psychology interventions to help teenagers—in a game-like way—grow in their emotional regulation and conflict resolution while also delivering real-time data to researchers.
The recently revised and expanded edition of The Reciprocating Self, coauthored by the Thrive Center’s Pamela Ebstyne King, offers an integrated understanding of human development that draws on a biblical model of relationality—and provides helpful, accessible insights drawn from leading social science research.
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We cultivate dynamic partnerships
We partner with a wide range of schools, organizations, and communities by sharing our research, resources, and scholarly expertise to improve the lives of youth and promote human thriving.
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The Thrive Center for Human Development
180 N. Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, California 91101