ERIC Number: ED365919
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth: How Communities Contribute to Positive Youth Development.
Blyth, Dale A.; Roehlkepartain, Eugene C.
This document uses data from 112 communities that have surveyed 9th- through 12th-grade students with "Search Institute Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes & Behaviors" to examine the way youth experience their community's strengths and how these factors contribute to youth development. A section on study highlights identifies six key findings: (1) communities vary considerably in their success in protecting youth from at-risk behavior and in providing a nurturing, healthy environment; (2) community-level institutions are the source of the most powerful strengths in promoting community health; (3) a healthy community not only benefits youth who already have many assets in their favor, but is particularly powerful in protecting vulnerable youth who have fewer personal assets in their lives; (4) while caring and supportive families make a major difference in the lives of their own youth, family factors do not differ very much between the healthiest and lest healthy communities; (5) only when most youth in a community experience a strength does it become a powerful predictor of the community's health; and (6) while individual community strengths may not have a dramatic impact, they become powerful when drawn together. Chapter 1 provides a wide-angle perspective on youth development. Chapter 2 examines the challenge of measuring community health. Chapter 3 identifies community strengths and community health. Chapter 4 looks at the community impact on vulnerable, average, and high-asset youth. Chapter 5 suggests strategies for change. (NB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Community Role, High School Students, High Schools, Youth Problems, Youth Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Search Inst., Minneapolis, MN.
Note: For a related document, see CG 025 184.