2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Health Education Approach to Rehabilitating Juvenile Center Youth
Weslee Chew*, Leslie A. Moss, Liz Schulte, and Brittany Schultehenrich
Dr. Carol Cox, Faculty Mentor

The Developmental Asset Framework, an evidence-based strategy to increase health protective factors, provides positive experiences for youth to counter these negative health behaviors. These personal and environmental qualities such as support, empowerment, and commitment to learning encourage youth to achieve higher grades in school, display high levels of self-esteem, have the ability to make social adjustments in a positive manner, and be responsible citizens of the community. A large majority of American youth surveyed possess an average of 18 assets, less than half of the possible total. Youth who commit criminal offenses and enter the juvenile justice system, however, lack many of the assets needed to gain the resiliency skills necessary for overcoming adversity. Developmental assets appear to be a more accurate predictor of engagement in high-risk behaviors when compared to various demographic factors that have been traditionally accepted as indicating risk in youth.

Keywords: Juvenile Center, Youth, Developmental Assets, health

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 2-23
Location: OP Lobby
Time: 4:15 pm

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