Material resources and assets

Each young person (and/or their carers) requires access to adequate income, housing, nutrition, clothing, information technology and transportation. These resources and assets enable young people to participate in constructive action and are essential for dealing effectively with a range of health and behavioural issues such as problematic substance use. Spooner et al. (2001) point to a growing body of evidence demonstrating that inequalities in income and material resources, coupled with the resulting social exclusion and marginalisation, are linked to poor health.