Download PDF by Joy G. Dryfoos;Carol Barkin: Adolescence: Growing Up in America Today

By Joy G. Dryfoos;Carol Barkin

ISBN-10: 0195179617

ISBN-13: 9780195179613

Of the 33 million kids within the usa, nearly 10 million are liable to failing to develop into liable adults. They attend colleges that don't serve their wishes, lack the aid of being concerned adults, and, hence, are alienated from mainstream society. African-American and Hispanic young ones, more and more segregated in deprived neighborhoods, are relatively vulnerable.

In Adolescence: turning out to be Up in the USA Today, a follow-up to pleasure Dryfoos's landmark quantity, Adolescents at Risk (OUP, 1991), pleasure Dryfoos and Carol Barkin take a detailed examine the lives of youngsters, establish a few of their difficulties, and current options in keeping with state of the art prevention and remedy recommendations. They learn very important matters in young people' lives--sex, violence, medicines, health and wellbeing, psychological wellbeing and fitness, and schooling. Reviewing winning prevention courses and coverage stories, Dryfoos and Barkin reveal that we all know what to do to avoid high-risk behaviors: adolescents have to identify relationships with adults; mom and dad have to be occupied with their kid's lives; and courses must be accomplished, delicate to cultural modifications, and staffed through hugely informed personnel.

Dryfoos and Barkin argue that turning our backs on teens will result in anxious outcomes: the fulfillment hole will develop, results will irritate, tuition structures will fight with the growing to be disparities, and we as a country will fall at the back of the remainder of the area in our capability to coach our early life. If, even though, we elect that we'd like a greater caliber of existence for our youngsters, we are going to insure that each younger individual has entry to a very good schooling. colleges, formative years staff, and fogeys can't by myself offer a greater caliber of lifestyles for our kids, yet each one needs to play a huge position, and all needs to interact. offering a roadmap for the advance and implementation of sound rules for American youngsters within the twenty-first century, this quantity is a must-read for somebody drawn to the way forward for our nation's adolescence.

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A federal discretionary fund through the Maternal and Child Health program, which provides Special Project of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS) grants that could be used for abstinence education, was consolidated with other pro- 39 40 ADOLESCENCE grams under the auspices of the Administration for Children and Families to the tune of $186 million. In addition, welfare reform has set aside $50 million per year for 5 years for abstinence-unless-married education. Another Bush initiative involves unmarried fathers of babies on welfare: Some $50 million will go toward promoting responsible fatherhood and marriage.

We have access to significant amounts of data over an extended period of time from many different sources. • The United States Census takes place every decade, and the Census Bureau also conducts annual surveys on population, social, and economic trends. • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been fielding the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) of 9th through 12th graders biannually since 1991. • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors an annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health that includes Americans age 12 and over.

The teen pregnancy rate peaked in 1990 at about 117 pregnancies per 1,000. But beginning in 1991, the 1 million teen pregnancy outcry of "1 in 10" was no longer true. The number began to decrease, and, by 2000, it was estimated that there were 821,810 pregnancies. The rate dropped from 117 in 1990 to 84 in 2000. Thus, almost 12% of teens experienced pregnancies in 1990, and a decade later that figure was about 8%. In 2000, the pregnancy rate for black 15- to 19-year-olds was 151, for Hispanics it was 132, and for non-Hispanic whites it was 57.

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