Developmental Assets and Asset-Building Communities

Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice

  • Richard M. Lerner
  • Peter L. Benson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Conceptual Foundations

  3. Promoting Positive Youth Development through Community Building

  4. Building Families and Communities Serving Youth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Raymond P. Lorion, Harris Sokoloff
      Pages 121-156
    3. A. Rae Simpson, Jolene L. Roehlkepartain
      Pages 157-193
    4. Jean E. Rhodes, Jennifer G. Roffman
      Pages 195-209
  5. A Vision for the Future

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 231-244

About this book


Developmental Assets and Asset-Building Communities examines the relationships of developmental assets to other approaches and bodies of work. It raises challenges about the asset-building approach and offers recommendations for how this approach can be strengthened and broadened in impact and research. In doing so, this book extends the scholarly base for the understanding of the character and scope of the systemic relation between young people's healthy development and the nature of developmentally attentive communities. The chapters in this volume present evidence that asset-building communities both promote and are promoted by positive youth development, a bi-directional, systemic linkage that - consistent with developmental systems theory - further civil society by building relationship and intergenerational places within a community that are united in attending to the developmental needs of children and adolescents.


character development socialization systems theory well-being

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard M. Lerner
    • 1
  • Peter L. Benson
    • 2
  1. 1.Tufts UniversityMedfordUSA
  2. 2.Search InstituteMinneapolisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-4919-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-0091-9
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