Youth Statistics Swell, but is That Swell For Youth Programs?: America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being — Selected Statistics

Greg Lantier
September 1, 1998
Indicator Finding Change
Children reported by their parents to be in very good or excellent health, 1995 81% Stable since 1984
Death rate, ages 5-14, 1996 22 per 100,000 Down from 31 per 100,000 in 1980
Death rate, ages 15-19, 1995 84 per 100,000 Down from 98 per 100,000 in 1980
Deaths by firearm, 15-19-year-old white males, 1995 28 per 100,000 Up from 18 per 100,000 in 1985
Deaths by firearm, 15-19-year-old black white males, 1995 120 per 100,000 Up from 47 per 100,000 in 1985
Birth rate, 15-17-year-old women, 1996 34 per 1,000 Down from 39 per 1,000 in 1991
12th graders who report smoking cigarettes daily, 1997 25% Up from 17% in 1992
10th graders who report heavy drinking*, 1997 25% Up from 21% in 1992
8th graders who report using illicit drugs in prior 30 days, 1997 13% Up from 6% in 1991
Neither enrolled in school nor working, 16-19-year-olds, 1997 9% Down from 11% in 1985
Children with elevated blood lead level, 1988-96 6% Down from 82%, 1976-80

*Five or more drinks in a row in the past two weeks.


Lantier, Greg. "Youth Statistics Swell, but is That Swell For Youth Programs?: America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being — Selected Statistics."Youth Today, September 1998, p. 50.

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