A developmental asset is an internal or external resource that assists any child or young person to achieve health and well-being, i.e., thrive.
Developmental assets encompass a wide range of concepts such as relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities and can be explored at the level of the individual, family, or community settings such as schools. The term youth asset is also sometimes used when referring to older children and/or adolescents.
Much of the research related to developmental assets has taken place in North America, with an emerging evidence base regarding interventions.
Through the systematic collation of survey data across several decades, the Search Institute has identified 40 developmental assets which are subdivided into 20 internal and external assets (Benson, 2006; Scales & Leffert, 1999).
Cross-sectional studies from the Search Institute...
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