ERIC Number: ED251362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Growing Together: An Opportunity for Young Adolescents and Their Parents. A Report on Catholic Youth in Grades 5 through 8, and Their Parents.
The results of a survey which studied the attitudes and characteristics of Catholic youth and their parents and then compared these with the attitudes and characteristics of non-Catholic youth are presented. A total of 1,130 students in grades 5-8 from 13 Catholic schools, 613 mothers, and 352 fathers completed survey questionnaires. The data collected were compared with data from similar surveys of students conducted by 12 non-Catholic organizations (largely a public school sample). Because data are to be used by the National Catholic Education Association to develop new programs, specific survey results and discussion starters and suggestions for action are presented parallel to one another. Results indicate that in comparision with other youth, Catholic students do more homework, experience more anxiety about school, attend church more often, are more concerned with social problems, and are more likely to consider abortion as morally wrong. Catholic youth report less prosocial behavior and more agressive and norm-breaking behavior, are more interested in sexuality, and are more likely than other youth to drink and smoke. Catholic parents expressed a great deal of worry and concern over their children. (RM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Catholic Schools, Catholics, Developmental Stages, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Human Resources, Individual Development, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Parent Attitudes, Religion, Social Attitudes, Social Behavior, Social Characteristics, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Characteristics, Values
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.
Note: This booklet is published as part of a packet of educational materials related to an NCEA project on "Young Adolescents and Their Parents." The project is partially supported by a grant from the Knights of Columbus Father Michael J. McGivney Memorial Fund for New Initiatives in Catholic Education.