Developmental assets, found by the Search Institute to lower risky behavior in children and adolescents, include:
* Support--family support, positive family communication, other adult relationships, a caring neighborhood, caring school climate, parent involvement in schooling;
* Empowerment--community values, youth given useful roles, community services, safety;
* Boundaries and expectations--family, school and neighborhood boundaries, adult role models, positive peer influence, high expectations;
* Constructive use of time--music, art and drama, sports clubs and organizations, religious community, time at home;
* Educational commitment--achievement motivation, school performance, homework, bonding to school, reading for pleasure;
* Positive values--helping others, equality and social justice, personal integrity, honesty and responsibility, behavioral restraint;
* Social competencies--planning and decision-making, interpersonal and cultural competence, resistance skills, nonviolent conflict resolution;
* Positive identity--personal control, self-esteem, sense of purpose, positive view of personal future.
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