Date of Award:

1999

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Family, Consumer, and Human Development

Department name when degree awarded

Family and Human Development

Advisor/Chair:

Glen O. Jenson

Abstract

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.

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