By Richard M. Lerner (auth.), Richard M. Lerner, Peter L. Benson (eds.)

Developmental resources and Asset-Building Communities examines the relationships of developmental resources to different methods and our bodies of labor. It increases demanding situations in regards to the asset-building method and gives ideas for a way this process could be reinforced and broadened in effect and study. In doing so, this e-book extends the scholarly base for the certainty of the nature and scope of the systemic relation among younger people's fit improvement and the character of developmentally attentive groups. The chapters during this quantity current proof that asset-building groups either advertise and are promoted through confident early life improvement, a bi-directional, systemic linkage that - in keeping with developmental platforms concept - additional civil society through development courting and intergenerational locations inside of a neighborhood which are united in getting to the developmental wishes of youngsters and adolescents.

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And practical implications. Although program and policy implications are of strong interest. the developmental assets framework was designed to be an early step in advancing a science and a practice for creating and sustaining developmentally attentive communities. Accordingly. there are three features embedded in the developmental assets framework that are intended to invite "experiments" by communities to mobilize adults. youth. and socializing systems in a coordinated effort to move the developmental needle.

Developmental assets represent a theoretical construct identifying a set of environmental and intrapersonal strengths known to enhance educational and health outcomes for children and adolescents (Benson. 1998; Benson. Leffert. Scales. & Blyth. 1998; Benson. Scales. Leffert. 1999). The 40 elements in this framework represent a synthesis of multiple research literatures and are purposefully positioned as health-enhancing resources over which communities have considerable control. Second. asset-building community is an evolving conceptual model describing the nature and dynamics of places and settings that provide a constant and equitable flow of asset-building energy to all children and adolescents (Benson.

Roeh1kepartain, E. c. (1999). A fragile foundation: The state ofdevelopmental assets among American youth. Minneapolis. MN: Search Institute. Benson. P. L.. Scales. P. c.. & Mannes. M. (in press). Developmental strengths and their sources: Implications for the study and practice of community building. In R. M. Lerner. F. Jacobs, & D. ), Promoting positive child, adolescent. and family development: A handbook of programs and policy innovations. Newbury Park. CA: Sage. Blyth. D. A.. & Leffert.

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