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Developmental Assets

The Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets framework is made up of skills, characteristics, and experiences kids need in order to grow into caring, responsible adults. These assets have consistently shown to protect kids from high-risk behaviors while promoting positive behaviors and building resiliency.

Kids with greater numbers of assets are less likely to engage in behavior such as substance abuse, school dropout, delinquency, and violence.

The assets are positive, strengths-based, and common sense. They give us concrete suggestions to raise our kids right.

Developmental Assets

  • Help us understand what kids need to succeed
  • Focus on solutions, not problems
  • Are powerful predictors of behavior
  • Are protective
  • Promote positive development
  • Build resiliency potential

The Developmental Assets can be divided into External and Internal Assets. External assets come from our environment—the people, institutions, and experiences that surround us. Internal assets are our individual values, beliefs, and choices that guide our decision-making and behavior. The assets can further be divided into eight categories: Support, Empowerment, Boundaries & Expectations, Constructive Use of Time, and Commitment to Learning, Positive Values, Social Competencies, and Positive Identity. 

For more information contact Kelly Growden, Primary Prevention Specialist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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