Child Development Pre-Teens

40 Developmental AssetsTM – for Pre-Teens

The asset definitions shown in this chart are based on research on adolescents (6th to 12th grades). In addition, Search Institute has blended the literature on child development with the framework of assets for adolescents to identify parallel, developmentally appropriate sets of assets for

Asset TypeAsset Name & Definition
EXTERNAL ASSETS
SupportFamily supportFamily life provides high levels of love and support.
Positive family communicationPre-teen and her or his parent(s) communicate positively,
and Pre-teen is willing to seek advice and counsel from parent(s).
Other adult relationshipsPre-teen receives support from three or more nonparent
adults.
Caring neighborhoodPre-teen experiences caring neighbors.
Caring school climateSchool provides a caring, encouraging environment.
Parent involvement in schoolingParent(s) are actively involved in helping Pre-teen
succeed in school.
EmpowermentCommunity values youthPre-teen perceives that adults in the community value
youth.
Youth as resourcesYoung people are given useful roles in the community.
Service to othersPre-teen serves in the community one hour or more per
week.
SafetyPre-teen feels safe at home, at school, and in the neighborhood.
Boundaries and ExpectationsFamily boundariesFamily has clear rules and consequences, and monitors the
Pre-teen’s whereabouts.
School boundariesSchool provides clear rules and consequences.
Neighborhood boundariesNeighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people’s
behavior.
Adult role modelsParent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.
Positive peer influencePre-teen’s best friends model responsible behavior.
High expectationsBoth parent(s) and teachers encourage the Pre-teen to
do well.
Constructive Use 

of Time

Creative activitiesPre-teen spends three or more hours per week in lessons
or practice in music, theater, or other arts.
Youth programsPre-teen spends three or more hours per week in sports,
clubs, or organizations at school and/or in community organizations.
Religious communityPre-teen spends one hour or more per week in activities
in a religious institution.
Time at homePre-teen is out with friends “with nothing special to
do” two or fewer nights per week.
INTERNAL ASSETS
Commitment to LearningAchievement motivationPre-teen is motivated to do well in school.
School engagementPre-teen is actively engaged in learning.
HomeworkPre-teen reports doing at least one hour of homework
every school day.
Bonding to schoolPre-teen cares about her or his school.
Reading for pleasurePre-teen reads for pleasure three or more hours per
week.
Positive ValuesCaringPre-teen places high value on helping other people.
Equality and social justicePre-teen places high value on promoting equality and
reducing hunger and poverty.
IntegrityPre-teen acts on convictions and stands up for her or
his beliefs.
HonestyPre-teen “tells the truth even when it is not easy.”
ResponsibilityPre-teen accepts and takes personal responsibility.
RestraintPre-teen believes it is important not to be sexually
active or to use alcohol or other drugs.
Social CompetenciesPlanning and decision makingPre-teen knows how to plan ahead and make choices.
Interpersonal competencePre-teen has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills.
Cultural competencePre-teen has knowledge of and comfort with people of
different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.
Resistance skillsPre-teen can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous
situations.
Peaceful conflict resolutionPre-teen seeks to resolve conflict nonviolently.
Positive IdentityPersonal powerPre-teen feels he or she has control over “things that
happen to me.”
Self-esteemPre-teen reports having a high self-esteem.
Sense of purposePre-teen reports that “my life has a purpose.”
Positive view of personal futurePre-teen is optimistic about her or his personal future.

This list is an educational tool. It is not intended to be nor is it appropriate as a scientific measure of the developmental assets of individuals.

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