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 Type Asset Name & Definition
EXTERNAL ASSETS
Support Family support Family life provides high levels of love and support.
Positive family communication Pre-teen and her or his parent(s) communicate positively,
and Pre-teen is willing to seek advice and counsel from parent(s).
Other adult relationships Pre-teen receives support from three or more nonparent
adults.
Caring neighborhood Pre-teen experiences caring neighbors.
Caring school climate School provides a caring, encouraging environment.
Parent involvement in schooling Parent(s) are actively involved in helping Pre-teen
succeed in school.
Empowerment Community values youth Pre-teen perceives that adults in the community value
youth.
Youth as resources Young people are given useful roles in the community.
Service to others Pre-teen serves in the community one hour or more per
week.
Safety Pre-teen feels safe at home, at school, and in the neighborhood.
Boundaries and Expectations Family boundaries Family has clear rules and consequences, and monitors the
Pre-teen’s whereabouts.
School boundaries School provides clear rules and consequences.
Neighborhood boundaries Neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people’s
behavior.
Adult role models Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.
Positive peer influence Pre-teen’s best friends model responsible behavior.
High expectations Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the Pre-teen to
do well.
Constructive Use 

of Time

Creative activities Pre-teen spends three or more hours per week in lessons
or practice in music, theater, or other arts.
Youth programs Pre-teen spends three or more hours per week in sports,
clubs, or organizations at school and/or in community organizations.
Religious community Pre-teen spends one hour or more per week in activities
in a religious institution.
Time at home Pre-teen is out with friends “with nothing special to
do” two or fewer nights per week.
INTERNAL ASSETS
Commitment to Learning Achievement motivation Pre-teen is motivated to do well in school.
School engagement Pre-teen is actively engaged in learning.
Homework Pre-teen reports doing at least one hour of homework
every school day.
Bonding to school Pre-teen cares about her or his school.
Reading for pleasure Pre-teen reads for pleasure three or more hours per
week.
Positive Values Caring Pre-teen places high value on helping other people.
Equality and social justice Pre-teen places high value on promoting equality and
reducing hunger and poverty.
Integrity Pre-teen acts on convictions and stands up for her or
his beliefs.
Honesty Pre-teen “tells the truth even when it is not easy.”
Responsibility Pre-teen accepts and takes personal responsibility.
Restraint Pre-teen believes it is important not to be sexually
active or to use alcohol or other drugs.
Social Competencies Planning and decision making Pre-teen knows how to plan ahead and make choices.
Interpersonal competence Pre-teen has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills.
Cultural competence Pre-teen has knowledge of and comfort with people of
different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.
Resistance skills Pre-teen can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous
situations.
Peaceful conflict resolution Pre-teen seeks to resolve conflict nonviolently.
Positive Identity Personal power Pre-teen feels he or she has control over “things that
happen to me.”
Self-esteem Pre-teen reports having a high self-esteem.
Sense of purpose Pre-teen reports that “my life has a purpose.”
Positive view of personal future Pre-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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Parenting Pre-Teens

Maggie Manion

Margie Manion graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a double major in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development. She taught for several years. Then went on to marry her college sweetheart. They have two beautiful boys who are the the center of their world. Margie taught in the classroom for 4 years until she quit to stay home with her two boys. During this time, as a parent educator with the Parents As Teachers program ashe did a local parenting segment, weekly, with WDAF Fox 4 in Kansas City. She is currently a frequest guest on FNC and is back in the classroom teaching 3rd grade in Liberty, MO, as well as promoting her invention and book (Zoom Spoon and "Zoom Spoon and Finicky Philip the Picky Eater" .

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