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What teens need to succeed : proven, practical ways to shape your own future
Benson, Peter L.
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Minneapolis, MN : Free Spirit Publishing, [1998]

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vi, 361 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Describes forty "developmental assets" that teenagers need to succeed in life, such as family support, positive peer influences, and religious community, and suggests ways to acquire these assets.
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HQ799.U65 B46 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Some teens lead healthy, productive, positive lives. Others are troubled, self-destructive, and negative about themselves and the future. What makes the difference? The presence of specific assets in their lives--not financial assets, but Developmental Assets(tm) including family support, self-esteem, a caring school climate, adult role models, structured time, and positive peer influence. It's a proven fact: The more Developmental Assets(tm) a young person has, the less likely he or she is to engage in at-risk behaviors.Our best-selling book What Kids Need to Succeed tells parents, teachers, and community leaders how to build assets in young people. Now What Teens Need to Succeed inspires and empowers teens to build their own assets. It invites readers to identify the assets they already have and the ones they need, clearly describes the 40 assets identified as most essential, then gives hundreds of suggestions teens can use to develop the assets at home, at school, in the community, in the congregation, with friends, and with youth organizations."Assets in Action" sections show how people across the nation are creating healthy communities using the asset-building model. Resources point the way toward additional books, organizations, and Web sites.

Author Notes

Peter L. Benson, Ph.D., has been president of Search Institute since 1985. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Denver, his M.A. in psychology from Yale, and his B.A. in psychology from Augustana College.Judy Galbraith, M.A., has a master's degree in guidance and counseling of the gifted. She has worked with and taught gifted children and teens, their parents, and their teachers for over 20 years. In 1983, she started Free Spirit Publishing, which specializes in Self-Help for Kids® and Self-Help for Teens® books and other learning materials.Pamela Espeland has authored, coauthored, or edited over 200 books for Free Spirit Publishing on a variety of subjects. Pamela graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and currently lives in Minneapolis.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Psychologist Benson and former teacher/counselor Galbraith based their writing on surveys of over 350,000 U.S. teens to provide a unique look at "positive assets"-good things that contribute to an individual's success in life. External assets include families, peers, spiritual support systems, schools, neighborhoods and their wider communities, while internal assets are defined as motivation, honesty, responsibility, decision-making skills, resistance skills, and more. Quotations from other Free Spirit self-help books and Search Institute findings are significant parts of this title, as are charts, graphs, quizzes, checklists, facts and statistics, illustrative and factual anecdotes, and myriad resources (Web sites, books, pamphlets, and contact organizations). Densely formatted, the typeface varies in size with lists, source notes, and bibliographic citations often reduced in size. A comprehensive index helps alleviate the sense of an overwhelming amount of information. A useful resource for teens and those who work with them.-Gail Richmond, San Diego Unified Schools, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.