How Many Youth Experience Each Asset?

by Doug Edwards
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The series of tables below shows eight areas of human development, and groups the 40 Developmental Assets by these categories. The percentages of young people who report experiencing each asset were gathered from the administration of the Search Institute Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors survey to almost 150,000 6th- to 12th-grade youth in 202 communities across the United States in calendar year 2003.h

External Assets

Internal Assets

Support

Commitment to Learning

1. Family Support
2. Positive Family Communication
3. Other Adult Relationships
4. Caring Neighborhood
5. Caring School Climate
6. Parent Involvement in Schooling
29%

21. Achievement Motivation 65% 22. School Engagement 55% 23. Homework 47% 24. Bonding to School 52% 25. Reading for Pleasure 22%

Empowerment

26. Caring 50% 27. Equality and Social Justice 52% 28. Integrity 68% 29. Honesty 66% 30. Responsibility 63% 31. Restraint 45%

7. Community Values Youth 8. Youth as Resources
9. Service to Others
10. Safety

22% 26% 48% 51%

Boundaries and Expectations

11. Family Boundaries
12. School Boundaries
13. Neighborhood Boundaries 14. Adult Role Models
15. Positive Peer Influence 16. High Expectations

46%

Social Competencies

Constructive Use of Time

Positive Identity

17. Creative Activities 18. Youth Programs
19. Religious Community 20. Time at Home

21%

37. Personal Power 42% 38. Self-Esteem 48% 39. Sense of Purpose 57% 40. Positive View of Personal Future 72%

NOTE: Less than 50% have these assets