ERIC Number: ED207731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Rural Youth: Images from West Dorset. A Study of Young People in a Rural Area and the Extent of Youth Service Provision Afforded Them.
Kennedy, J. A.
A study of youth and the Youth Service in rural West Dorset (England) to determine what work and recreational opportunities are available, how youth view their adolescent years, and how the Youth Service is helping them adjust to adulthood, indicates that within the present system youth are afforded few considerations. Many become alienated. Many local adolescents have a low social status. Television and magazines give false impressions of the outside world. Because West Dorset is a tourist area, only seasonal employment demand for youth exists. Towns have enough organizations for adolescents, but the needs of older adolescents and children up to age 14 are not being met as well in the villages, because of distance and time involved in getting to available organizations. For a more meaningful Youth Service, there must be more personal contact with adolescents (face work), improvement in general communications (particularly an inter-agency team approach), and decentralization of current administrative/support systems. Implementation of these recommendations would increase the amount of youth work activity, especially in villages. More development of the Youth Service is necessary to bring about social and political changes which will benefit youth. Additionally, the whole rural problem for the United Kingdom needs attention. (CM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Alienation, Cultural Isolation, Cultural Opportunities, Delivery Systems, Demography, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Opportunities, Foreign Countries, Leisure Time, Needs Assessment, Part Time Employment, Program Effectiveness, Quality of Life, Questionnaires, Recreational Activities, Rural Areas, Rural Youth, Social Isolation, Social Structure, Sociocultural Patterns, Socioeconomic Influences, Youth Clubs, Youth Employment, Youth Opportunities, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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