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The Relation of Community Developmental Attentiveness to Adolescent Health

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Objective: To investigate the relation of student exposure to selected developmental assets with indicators of thriving, using more reliable measures than previously reported. Methods: Self-report surveys were completed by a diverse sample of 5136 students in 6th-12th grades. Analyses of variance were used to examine the assets-thriving relation. Results: A majority of students reported experiencing only 3 of 12 assets. The more assets students reported, the more they reported thriving in physical, psychological, social, and academic domains. Conclusions: Adults must become more intentional about building the relationships, opportunities, values, and skills young people need for optimally healthy development.

Keywords: developmental assets; positive youth development; thriving in adolescence

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Search Institute, Minneapolis MN. 2: School of Psychology, Fielding Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA. 3: AGS Publishing, Circle Pines, MN.

Publication date: May 1, 2003

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