Attitudes Toward Positive Developmental Assets of Students Attending a Rural Northeast Missouri Middle School

Alexis Hackett, Kaitlyn McManus, Kendra Woolman, Brandon Stewart, Truman State University

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Abstract: Developmental Assets are 40 protective characteristics that help youth avoid risky health behaviors. The more assets youth have, the less likely they are to engage in risky health behaviors like drug use and violence. Youth from an area of a state with some of the highest proportions of substance abuse and violence were surveyed on their attitudes toward these positive developmental assets. Although substance abuse and violence is increasing as these respondents matriculate through school, their highest-scoring assets of positive values, positive identity, and social competencies may act as protective factors or buffers against their participation in these risky behaviors.

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