The Developmental Assets of John Conlan
Developmental Assets are a set of 40 skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults. Lorraine Jensen’s best friend, John Conlan, has a few Developmental Assets, but he is missing some very important ones. In the realistic fiction story, The Pigman by Paul Zindel, she writes about how irresponsible John is and all of his unhealthy traits. John has First of all, John Conlan is missing lots of important assets, such as restraint, which is resisting drugs & alchohol. John says, “I smoke one with a recessed filter myself,” (2). This shows that John doesn’t care about saying no to doing drugs and drinking alcohol underage. Something equally as important, Lorraine says, “And he drinks and smokes more than any boy I ever heard of,” (8). This proves he abuses both alcohol and drugs which is unacceptable. He doesn’t just drink once a day and just one cigarette, but he smokes all day and drinks a lot. The fact that John can’t say no to drugs are alcohol will make him very unhealthy and not be as happy. Although John lacks restraint, he does have Developmental Asset Positive Peer Influence, which is having someone that has a friend that has a good influence on you. John’s best friend Lorraine is his good influence. Proof that Lorraine is a positive influence is, “I didn’t want anyone really to take advantage of the old man,” (29). She doesn’t want to take the ten dollars from the old man because she felt bad about lying. She didn’t allow John to steal the money, and made him give it back. Another thing she said proving she’s a good influence is, “I tried to explain to him how dangerous it was, particularly smoking, and even went through the trouble of finding a case history similar to his in a book Sigmund Freud,” (8). This proves that she is trying to be a positive influence and cares about his health because she knows it will hurt him and make...
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