Developmental Assets framework revisited: Confirmatory analysis and invariance testing to create a new generation of assets measures for applied research

Amy K. Syvertsen, Peter C. Scales, Russell B. Toomey

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Abstract

Over five million young people have taken surveys, based on the Developmental Assets framework, aimed at understanding the internal strengths and external supports they have in their lives. These data have been effectively used to mobilize schools and community coalitions around the world to integrate a positive youth development lens into their applied work. The purpose of this article is to subject these asset measures to rigorous confirmatory factor analysis and multiple group measurement invariance testing, and share them for broader use. The analyses yielded measures of eight asset categories (and 18 individual assets) that are robust and parsimonious. Substantial evidence emerged for the measurement invariance of these new assets measures across grades, gender identity, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and parent education diversities. With the addition of these measures, applied developmental researchers and practitioners now have a more comprehensive and empirically robust measurement toolkit for studying and enhancing youth and their contexts in order to promote positive youth development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-306
Number of pages16
JournalApplied Developmental Science
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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