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ERIC Number: ED505229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
Exploring the Links Between Family Strengths and Adolescents Outcomes. Research Brief, Publication #2009-20
Moore, Kristin Anderson; Whitney, Camille; Kinukawa, Akemi; Scarupa, Harriet J., Ed.
Child Trends
When families make the news, it is often for negative reasons such as violence or abuse. Negative perceptions of low-income families tend to be especially strong. However, families are critical to the positive development of children and youth, as well as to problems that may affect that development. Thus, it is important to examine not just the deficits, but also the assets and strengths that families of all income levels bring to raising children. This Research Brief reports on the results of new Child Trends analyses of data from the 2005 Every Child Every Promise Study conducted by America's Promise Alliance. Findings indicate that family strengths are associated with significantly better outcomes for adolescents in both lower-income families and higher-income families. Specifically, the findings are that adolescents from families that have these strengths are more likely to perform well in school, to avoid risky behaviors, and to demonstrate positive social behaviors than are adolescents from families that lack these strengths. Although particular focus was on lower-income families--those making less than $50,000 a year--similar results were found for families making $50,000 a year or more. In sum, outcomes for adolescents are significantly better when they live in families with the strengths identified in this brief. This finding holds for adolescents in lower-income families, not just affluent families. In addition, the finding holds for all three adolescent outcomes and for all four measures of family strengths, though role modeling as measured here is the weakest of the four. (Contains 4 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Trends