Roots of Action, written by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D., shares stories, research, and insights about how children and adolescents develop into thriving adults.
Here, we examine the underlying foundations of growth – the experiences and relationships that help young people discover purpose, meaning, initiative, creativity, resilience, love of learning, empathy, and other internal strengths that foster a life of well-being. Beyond academic success, we pay attention to how young people become valuable members of families and communities. And we explore how parents, teachers, and civic leaders are integral to this process.
Most of my 40-year career has been built around a deeply-held belief that individuals, families, communities, organizations, and nations have the natural capacity to flourish. As a developmental psychologist, educator, and researcher, I have delved deeply into the roots of human thriving. I honor academics and evidence-based research and believe it is important to apply that research to efforts that foster our collective well-being. That is the goal of this blog.
I have a passion for learning how today’s young people grow into healthy, successful, and engaged adults. Synthesizing multidisciplinary research in positive psychology, positive youth development, education, sociology, child and adolescent development, social psychology, neurobiology, and philosophy, I bring trusted, evidence-based research to audiences of parents, educators and community leaders.