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Restricted Access Dissertation

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




Research conducted by the Search Institute of Minneapolis, Minnesota suggests that the developmental asset framework may be less salient for Native American youth in regards to thriving. Specifically, Scales, Benson, Leffert, and Blyth (2000) found that the asset framework explained less of the variance in the overall thriving index for Native American youth (47%) than any other ethnic group, including White youth (roughly 54%), who represent the dominant society. Thus, this dissertation will evaluate whether the developmental asset framework is relevant and meaningful to Native American youth and how the assets relate to thriving. In other words, this study will evaluate how, and to what degree, the developmental assets predict thriving among Native American youth. The hypotheses of this study make specific predictions about which assets will influence thriving among Native American youth. Using path modeling, and multiple regression, this study will analyze an existing data set obtained from the Search institute. The data for this study were obtained from the Search Institute's Profile of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors survey which was administered to a sample of Native American youth in 2003. A Native American perspective, particularly the Circle of Courage, is used to guide the discussion of the present study.


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