>> Life conditions in most areas of the world have been generally improving and fatalities among young people have been falling. However, they face many novel challenges:
the technological world where personal relationships online can be very different than in the real world;
they also face, along with all age groups the environmental, political and socioeconomic changes that have led to armed conflicts and humanitarian crises, forcing many families, with young members, to flee from their homes.
Psychologists have a key role in the field of prevention science.
The European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations EFPA stresses the urgent need to develop public policies that are based on firm evidence developed by researchers, including psychologists, from the field of prevention science and urges its member associations to take action in their own countries to support this.
These public policies need to be ‘adolescent friendly’ and aim to promote their personal and social competence, their social engagement and their life opportunities, so as to build strong support peer networks for young people. Psychologists have a key role in this field drawing on psychological science and practice.
Two projects led by psychologists, supporting young people Examples of programmes that aim to support young people having a good start in life and a flourishing adolescence are illustrated by work led by psychologists in Denmark and Portugal.