Building Blocks for Raising Healthy Children

Over the coming weeks, we will introduce you to Search Institute’s “40 Developmental Assets” for adolescents 12-18 years.  These building blocks for healthy development of children  include “external” and “internal” assets.  Some categories include support, empowerment, boundaries & expectations, positive values, positive identity, and social competencies.

Since its creation in 1990, Search Institute’s framework of Developmental Assets has become the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States.

Grounded in extensive research in youth development, resiliency, and prevention, the Developmental Assets represent the relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities that young people need to avoid risks and to thrive.

Studies of more than 2.2 million young people in the United States consistently show that the more assets young people have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors and the more likely they are to thrive.  Assets have power for all young people, regardless of their gender, economic status, family, or race/ethnicity.  Furthermore, levels of assets are better predictors of high-risk involvement and thriving than poverty or being from a single-parent family.

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