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Master of Science (MS)


Family Consumer Human Development

Department name when degree awarded

Family and Human Development


Glen O. Jenson


This study describes levels of asset development and involvement in at-risk behaviors among 4-H youth. To collect the data, 202 4-H teens participating in the 1996 Utah State 4-H Contests completed surveys. Results reveal numerous differences between males and females. Females scored significantly higher on 18 of 29 assets. Males reported significantly higher levels of involvement on 8 of 10 at-risk behaviors. Significant differences existed between types of 4-H clubs on 4 of 29 assets and 1 of I 0 at-risk behaviors. No significant differences were found based on grade in school, years in 4-H, number of 4-H project areas, and number of 4-H events. The study revealed that these 4-H members have developed personal assets related to family, education, individual skills, and involvement in positive activities. The majority have never participated in at-risk activities (drugs- 90%; sexual intercourse- 85%; criminal activities- 80%; and alcohol or shoplifting- 77%). These 4-H youth are laying solid foundations for their futures.