ERIC Number: EJ1034974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
Developmental Assets: Validating a Model of Successful Adaptation for Emerging Adults
Pashak, Travis J.; Hagen, John W.; Allen, Jennifer M.; Selley, Ryan S.
College Student Journal, v48 n2 p243-248 Sum 2014
This brief report assesses the validity of applying the adolescent-based developmental assets model to emerging adults. Developmental assets are specific constructs which predict future success, including positive individual characteristics and environmental resources. The researchers developed a self-report survey based on a subset of the assets and outcome behaviors most applicable to emerging adults. Correlational analyses revealed significant relationships of moderate strength between the perceived level of developmental assets and thriving behaviors r = 0.40, p < 0.01), risky behaviors r = -0.36, p < 0.01), and academic success r = 0.28, p < 0.01). Furthermore, a path analysis yielded significant coefficients wherein assets influenced thriving, risk, and collectively, academic success. Results suggest that the developmental assets framework applies to emerging adults and warrants further investigation.
Descriptors: Young Adults, Individual Development, Predictor Variables, Success, Undergraduate Students, Rating Scales, Hypothesis Testing, Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Risk Assessment, Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Likert Scales, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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