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40 Developmental Assets

The Developmental Assets® are 40 research-based, positive experiences and qualities that influence young people’s development, helping them become caring, responsible, and productive adults.   


Over time, studies of more than 5 million young people consistently show that the more assets that young people have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors and the more likely they are to thrive.


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Research shows that youth with the most assets are least likely to have problems with:  

  • Alcohol use
  • Violence
  • Illicit drug use
  • Sexual activity


Research shows that youth with the most assets are more likely to:  

  • Do well in school
  • Be civically engaged
  • Value diversity


Developmental Assets in English for four age groups: 3-5, 5-9, 8-12, 12-18

Developmental Assets in Spanish for four age groups: 3-5, 5-9, 8-12, 12-18

Also available in this download are independent translations of the Developmental Assets Framework, created by local community groups for use with the children, youth, and families they serve. These are available in Acholi, Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Farsi, French, Hmong, Japanese, Khmer, Nuer, Russian, Somali, Urdu and Vietnamese.

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