Attitudes and Behaviors Survey Results


The 40 Developmental Assets represent the relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities that young people need to avoid risks and to thrive, and research shows a strong, measurable links exist between youth assets, thriving, and risk behaviors.

During the 2009-10 School Year, 2,933 sixth – twelveth grade New Albany Floyd County School students completed the Search Institute’s Profiles of Student Life Attitudes and Behaviors (A&B) Survey.   The survey results provide a snapshot of Floyd County youth, including the assets they possess, their thriving behaviors, and their risk behaviors.

Youth Count is able to compare the results of this recent survey with the results of a 2004 survey.

It is exciting and validating to share that “the needle is moving in the right direction!” 

Click to read the Executive Summary of the report.  For information about the full report, including thriving behaviors, risk-taking behaviors and more, contact Barbara Bridgwater at or phone 812-923-1160.  Meanwhile see below for some of the 2009 findings.

Key Results
Average number of assets
*    in 2009:  22.1
*    in 2004:  21.1
*    National average number of assets: 18.5

Highest reported assets (listed by asset number):
# 1.    Family Support (family life provides high levels of love and support): 78%
# 40. Positive View of Personal Future (young person is optimistic about his/her personal
future):  78%
    # 15.  Positive Peer influence (young person’s best friends model responsible behavior): 76%
    # 21.  Achievement Motivation (young person is motivated to do well in school): 75% 

Lowest reported assets (listed by asset number):
     # 22.   Creative Activities (young person spends 3 or more hours per week in lessons
or practice in music, theater or other arts): 22%
     # 28.  Reading for Pleasure (young person reads for pleasure 3 or more hours per week): 28%
 # 14.  Adult Role Models (parents and other adults model positive, responsible behavior): 33%
# 32.  Planning & Decision Making (young person know how to plan ahead and make
choices): 34%

Assets specifically related to school
Increased percentages in 6 of 7 assets specifically related to schools
Asset #5 Caring School Climate (school provides a caring, encouraging environment) increased from 38% to 46%

Change in percentages reported for specific assets:
Increased for 24 of 40 assets
Remained the same for 9 of the 40 assets
Decreased for 7 of the 40 assets

Some high and low results of this self-survey by students include:
    78% of youth report a positive view of their personal future
78% report their family shows a high level of love and support
76% report best friends model responsible behavior
75% report they are motivated to do well in school

ONLY 28% read for pleasure
ONLY 35% feel the community values them
ONLY 34% know how to plan ahead and make choices
ONLY 33% report parents and other adults model positive, responsible behavior

It is good news that there has been an increase in the average number of assets youth possess and that there are increased percentages for many assets.  Nevertheless, too many youth possess too few assets and report risk behaviors that are unhealthy.   All citizens, in all community sectors, are needed as asset builders in Floyd County.

In assessing the survey, it is important to study and interpret the factors related to the percentages, including but not limited to, any significant differences noted by grade level or by gender.

It is also important to consider the total sample statistics in relationship to the asset levels:
31-40 Assets: Optimal
21-30 Assets: Adequate
11-20 Assets: Vulnerable
0-10 Assets: At risk

All of our young people deserve to possess at least the optimal number of assets (31-40).  Currently only 13% of our youth are at that level.

What will YOU do to build assets?

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