Peter L. Benson
|Peter Lorimer Benson, PhD|
|Born||May 2, 1946
|Died||October 2, 2011
|Fields||Developmental Psychology, Psychology of Religion,|
|Alma mater||University of Denver (PhD)|
|Known for||Developmental Assets|
Peter Lorimer Benson (1946–2011) was a psychologist and CEO/President of Search Institute. He pioneered the developmental assets framework, which became the predominant approach to research on positive facets of youth development. According to the American Psychologist,
When [Benson] introduced the developmental assets [approach] in 1989, the predominant approach to youth development was naming youth problems and trying to prevent them. In contrast, the assets approach focused on building strengths. The developmental assets framework became the predominant positive youth development approach in the world, cited more than 17,000 times, and the framework and surveys developed to measure the assets have been used with more than 3 million youths in more than 60 countries.
- Sparks - How youth thrive on YouTube (TEDx, 2011) video lecture by Benson.
- Pioneer in positive youth development Background and links on his daughter's web site
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