ERIC Number: ED284935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun
Reference Count: 0
American Youth: A Statistical Snapshot.
Wetzel, James R.
This report presents and analyzes statistical data on the status and condition of American youth, ages 16-24. A brief commentary on the problems of collecting data concerning Hispanic youth precedes the report's seven main sections, which deal with the following topics: population; marriage; childbearing and living arrangements; family income and poverty; education; employment and unemployment; health; and youths and the law. Highlights of the report are summarized and include the following: (1) The number of American youth is shrinking dramatically, and is expected to fall by 21 percent between 1980 and 1986. Minority youth are expected to bear a disproportionate burden of the problems ensuing from this population decline. (2) Of young adults ages 25-29, 86 percent are high school graduates, twice the percentage of 1940. The school dropout rate continues to decline, but students from poor families, regardless of race, are three to four times more likely to drop out. Twenty-two percent of all 25-29 year-olds have completed 4 years of college. (3) Three-fourths of 16-24 year-olds worked for pay sometime during 1985 and 30 million had individual income, but unemployment remains a serious problem for young people, especially black youth. (4) There are fewer young mothers today, but the percentages of unwed teenage mothers has risen, especially among poor youth. In 1985, 30 percent of the family households headed by youths had incomes below the poverty level. More than half of all youth are still living at home. (KH)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Cohort Analysis, Demography, Dropouts, Employment, Ethnic Groups, Graduation, Hispanic Americans, Population Trends, Pregnancy, Secondary Education, Sociocultural Patterns, Student School Relationship, Young Adults, Youth Problems
William T. Grant Foundation Commission on Youth and America's Future, Suite 301, 1001 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036-5541.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William T. Grant Foundation, Washington, DC. Commission on Work, Family, and Citizenship.