Date of Paper

5-2013

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Katharine Hill

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if developing or strengthening developmental assets in youth, can reduce mental health symptoms. Despite the multitude of risk factors youth may have in their life, if countered with a high amount of protective factors or assets; research shows that youth can still have positive youth development. In turn, this provides children with skills to become engaged, empathetic, compassionate adults. This study examines if there is a correlation between building and/or strengthening assets and the reduction of mental health symptoms in children residing at a residential facility in Northern Minnesota.

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