40 Developmental Assets®

The 40 Developmental Assets® framework was created by Search Institute® consisting of preventative measures, positive experiences, and qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring and responsible. These assets are protective factors that have been consistently shown, by research, to buffer youth from risk. The more assets a child has the higher probability that child will not be involved in behaviors such as: teen pregnancy, school dropout, substance abuse, delinquency or violence.

External Assets

Support Support (6 assets)

1. Family Support

Family life provides high levels of love and support.

2. Positive Family Communication

Young person and her or his parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parents.

3. Other Adult Relationships

Young person receives support from three or more nonparent adults.

4. Caring Neighborhood

Young person experiences caring neighbors

5. Caring School Climate

School provides a caring, encouraging environment.

6. Parent Involvement in Schooling

Parent(s) are actively involved in helping the child succeed in school.
   

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