Researchers have assessed the attitudes, behaviours, and the number of Developmental Assets related to lower risk and health behaviours of young people (i.e. These 40 assets are: 1) Internal - Commitment to learning, Positive values, Social Competencies, Positive Identity and 2) External - Support, Empowerment, Boundaries and Expectations, Constructive Use of Time). These studies have revealed a strong and consistent relationship between a higher number of assets present in the lives of young people and positive and healthful ways of living. Thus past research has been focused on how to keep youth out of trouble and involved in healthy behaviours. Of interest in the present research are the Asset needs of homeless youth, including an over representation of aboriginal youth. The needs of homeless youth are unique as they are already characterized as having a myriad of physical, emotional, and sometimes spiritual problems. Thus the purpose of the present research was to determine the number and types of Assets homeless youth need to survive (Survival Assets) and the assets that aid youth in transitioning (Transitioning Assets) from homelessness to homefulness? The assets were identified through focus groups and interviews with homeless youth and service providers working with homeless youth. Program development is also discussed.
|Keywords:||Adolescents, Homelessness, Developmental Assets|
Professor, Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Director of Research and Evaluation, Research, Native Counselling Services of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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