National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Key Findings from The American Family Assets Study

Syvertsen, A. K.,
Roehlkepartain, E.,
Scales, P. C.
Year Published: 2012
Paper/Research Report
Search Institute
21 pages
Search Institute

The American Family Assets Study presents a national portrait of the strengths, hopes, and aspirations of American families that position families to become catalysts for change in the health and well-being of children, families, and communities. The study was designed to give voice to the diversity of adults, youth, and experiences that make up the modern American family, and to empirically demonstrate the ways family members support one another through their day-to-day interactions. The Family Assets Index was used to measure 21 assets in five areas: nurturing relationships, establishing routines, maintaining expectations, adapting to challenges, and connecting to community. Data were obtained from an online survey conducted in June 2011 among 1,511 parenting adults and their 10- to 15-year old child. A parenting adult was defined as an adult who, regardless of their biological relationship, assumes responsibility for a child. Participants were recruited to represent a diverse mix of genders, races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses. Data were weighted to reflect the U.S. population of 10- to 15-year olds and their parents. This report presents key findings from the study.

Search Institute, The Banks Building, 615 First Avenue NE, Suite 125, Minneapolis, MN 55413; Telephone: (612) 376-8955 or 1(800) 888-7828, E-mail:, Website:
No copyright protection