Report Roundup: Trends in the Well-Being of America’s Children and Youth 1999

October 1, 2000

This, like the report above, is the fourth in an annual series on the state of America’s children, and also part of a government project. While “Trends” shares data sources with the above report, it is less prescriptive and more comprehensive, based on 90 indicators of child well being, rather than 20 “key” indicators. According to this report, youth violence decreased from 1993 to 1997, while the number of high school students engage in multiple risk-taking behaviors decreased between 1991 and 1997. The report also find that risk-taking behaviors do not preclude positive behaviors, such as good grades or steady employment, that connect young people to supportive adults. This report compiles decades of existing data to establish trends in more than 90 indicators of the well being of children.

The report has three parts: Indicators for Children’s Well-Being, Changes in Risk-Taking Among High School Students 1991-1997, and Multiple Threats: The Co-Occurrence of Teen Risk Behaviors. The report draws from sources including census reports, Current Population Surveys, American Housing Surveys, and Youth Risk Behavior Surveys. Graphs, charts, and tables present many of the trends, which span tow decades whenever possible.

The report was produced by Child Trends, Inc., and Laura Duberstein Lindberg, Scott Boggess, Laura Porter, and Sean Williams of the Urban Institute. 504 pages. $45. U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402. (202) 512-1800.

"Trends in the Well-Being of America’s Children and Youth 1999." Report Roundup. Youth Today, October 2000, p. 44.

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