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Palo Alto Weekly

News - March 18, 2011

How Palo Alto teens rate themselves, their lives

Results of the fall 2010 Developmental Assets Survey

External Assets (in percentages)

Elementary Middle High School

Support

Family support 89 84 66

Positive family communication 65 52 32

Other adult relationships 51 58 50

Caring neighborhood 57 49 35

Caring school climate 73 48 39

Parent involvement in schooling 53 52 33

Empowerment

Community values youth 34 40 22

Youth as resources 61 47 40

Service to others 34 39 51

Safety 78 46 58

Boundaries and Expectations

Family boundaries 63 46 39

School boundaries 84 78 42

Neighborhood boundaries 52 55 38

Adult role models 49 48 33

Positive peer influence 96 94 76

High expectations 91 68 51

Constructive Use of Time

Creative activities 79 32 31

Youth programs 66 76 76

Religious community 46 40 33

Time at home 41 81 83

Internal Assets

Elementary Middle High School

Commitment to Learning

Achievement motivation 80 88 82

Learning engagement 63 76 74

Homework 87 75 93

Bonding to school 89 82 74

Reading for pleasure 76 49 26

Positive Values

Caring 91 61 57

Equality and social justice 74 62 56

Integrity 86 65 73

Honesty 92 71 65

Responsibility 91 66 65

Healthy lifestyle/restraint 90 79 41

Social Competencies

Planning and decision-making 53 37 37

Interpersonal competence 59 64 48

Cultural competence 77 55 51

Resistance skills 81 61 51

Peaceful conflict resolution 88 69 61

Positive Identity

Personal power 66 47 48

Self-esteem 71 57 45

Sense of purpose 47 70 56

Positive view of personal future 55 77 70

Source: Development Assets Committee

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