All Kids Are Our Kids What Communities Must Do to Raise Caring and Responsible Children and Adolescents

ISBN-10: 078798518X
ISBN-13: 9780787985189
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Peter L. Benson
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List price: $24.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/6/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

All Kids Are Our Kids, 2nd Edition, challenges all segments of the community - families, neighbors, schools, congregations, youth organizations, local governments, employers, and residents - to reclaim their capacity and responsibility for raising healthy, successful and caring children and adolescents. This revised edition of the Search Institute's groundbreaking book offers practical strategies for uniting and mobilizing communities around a shared vision of healthy child/adolescent development. In this book, Peter Benson introduces forty developmental assets - building blocks of healthy development. These assets - such as family support, intergenerational relationships, clear and consistent boundaries and expectations, participation in constructive activities, and community focus on values - are essential for all youth regardless of background. To increase assets among all kids, the Benson provides a new evidence, cases, and recommendations for individual, family, and community action. This book demonstrates that building these developmental assets is critical for communities and society. When young people experience more of these assets, many forms of high-risk behavior sharply decline, including alcohol and other drug use, too-early sexual activity, violence and school failure. And just as significantly, increasing a young person's developmental assets enhances the competencies and skills necessary for healthy adulthood.

Peter L. Benson is president of Search Institute, which provides leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities. He has written extensively in adolescent development, altruism, spiritual development, and thriving in adolescence. He serves as principal investigator for Search Institute's initiative on spiritual development in childhood and adolescence. In 1991, he received the William James Award for career contributions to the psychology of religion from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Benson is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, including Developmental Assets and Asset-Building Communities, All Kids Are Our Kids: What Communities Must Do to Raise Caring and Responsible Children and Adolescents, and Religion on Capitol Hill: Myths and Realities. He is general editor for the Search Institute Series on Developmentally Attentive Community and Society, published by Springer. He holds a doctorate in experimental social psychology from the University of Denver. nbsp;nbsp;

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Looking Through a New Lens
Bringing Out the Best in All Kids
Naming the Positive: The Concept of Developmental Assets
Developmental Assets: The More, the Better- for All Kids
Directing Energy to Asset Building: Critical Culture Shifts
What We All Can Do
Creating Asset-Building Communities: Principles, Strategies, and Impact
Energizing, Supporting, and Sustaining Community Change
Mobilize Young People: Tapping Their Power to Build Assets Themselves
Engage Adults: Unleashing the Power of Intergenerational Relationships
Activate Sectors: Integrating Asset Building into Community Institutions
Invigorate Programs: Creating Asset-Rich Experiences for Young People
Influence Civic Decisions: Seeking Common Ground on Behalf of All Kids
Postscript: Choosing a New Path
Appendices
Selected Scientific References for Search Institute's Framework of Forty Developmental Assets
Not Just for Teenagers: Developmental Assets from Birth to Age Eighteen, and Beyond
Selected Resources
Notes
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Index

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