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ERIC Number: ED154971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Feb-9
Reference Count: N/A
Indian Health Service Training Center, Training Course TC-70-3 (February 9-27, 1970): A Descriptive Study of the Academic Achievement, Delinquency, and Alcohol Usage of the Teenage Population of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.
Public Health Service (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Indian Health.
Composed of representatives from the Indian Health Service, Community Health Representatives' Program, the Alaska Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Oklahoma State Health Department, the class in Epidemiology and Health Services Management studied the problems of teenagers of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. Four committees were formed, each concentrating on one of four areas of concern: the individual's demographic background, his current educational status, whether he had a history of juvenile delinquency, and whether he or a family member had a history of alcohol abuse. Data were obtained from pertinent community records and officials of appropriate educational and social agencies. Literature on related topics also provided additional background information. Findings included: although the dropout rate was high, it was lower than the U.S. all-Indian rate; unsuccessful and early termination of education was related to absenteeism, low achievement, and delinquency and not related to crowded home conditions, parents who drank excessively, family stability, or income level; 40% of the teenagers had been arrested, some several times; alcohol use began early in the Colony; abuse or excessive drinking was frequently present among the adult family members; alcohol use was associated with many of the arrests and dropouts. Among the recommendations were: that earlier counseling of children be considered; that special programs, geared to the problems of youth and alcohol abuse be initiated by the Nevada Inter-Tribal Committee on Alcoholism. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Health Service (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Indian Health.
Identifiers - Location: Nevada