The American Family Assets Study

The Search Institute conducted the most comprehensive national survey of family assets conducted in the U.S. to explore the link between family assets and measurable outcomes for young people, parenting adults, and families.

The Family Assets Index assesses how families “measure up” against the aspirational ideal we strive for in healthy, asset-rich families. Families were given a score from 0 to 100 based on how many assets they possessed.

Results

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  • Only 11% of families had enough family assets to get a score of "excellent"

  • The average score was 47 - meaning that the average family surveyed had less than half the assets that characterizes a healthy family

What are Family Assets?

Relationships, opportunities, values, and self-perceptions that position family members to thrive.

The 5 Categories of Family Assets

Establishing

Routines

Family Meals

Shared Activities

Meaningful Traditions

Dependability

Connecting

Community

Neighborhood Bonds

Supportive Resources

Relationships with Others

Enriching Activities

Adapting to 

Challenges

Adaptability

Managing Daily Tasks

Problem Solving

Democratic Decision-

Making

Maintaining

Expectations

Fair Rules

Clear Expectations

Contributions to Family
Defined Boundaries

Openness about

Tough Topics

Nurturing

Relationships

Emotional Openness

Positive Communication

Support for Sparks

Affection

The more assets a family has, the more likely the family is to...

Act in socially responsible ways

Participate in political activities

Spend time together serving their communities

Engage in

healthy behaviors

Improved

academic

engagement & 

achievement