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.

Internal Assets

Social Competencies Social Competencies (5 assets)

32. Planning and Decision Making

Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices.

33. Interpersonal Competence

Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills.

34. Cultural Competence

Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.

35. Resistance Skills

Young person can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations.

36. Peaceful Conflict Resolution

Young person seeks to resolve conflict nonviolently.

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Developmental Assets® are positive factors within young people, families, communities, schools, and other settings that research has found to be important in promoting the healthy development of young people. FromInstant Assets: 52 Short and Simple E-Mails for Sharing the Asset Message. Copyright © 2007 by Search Institute®, 877-240-7251; www.search-institute.org. This message may be reproduced for educational, noncommercial uses only (with this copyright line). All rights reserved.