ERIC Number: ED346990
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
A Portrait of Young Adolescents in the 1990s: Implications for Promoting Healthy Growth and Development.
Scales, Peter C.
Designed to promote the creation of programs and policies that meet the needs of young adolescents, this report considers trends and forces affecting children between the ages of 10 and 15 and offers recommendations for drawing out adolescents' positive possibilities. Section 1 acknowledges trends that point to an increasing number of at-risk young adolescents and discusses the growing interest in this group. Section 2 begins with a discussion of the negative impressions of young adolescents fostered by popular depictions of widespread school failure, juvenile delinquency, adolescent pregnancy, and other problems. Discussion then turns to developmental characteristics and needs of young adolescents. Section 3 examines trends and forces likely to affect the lives of young adolescents during the 1990s; these concern: (1) homelessness among children, children in foster or institutional care, and immigrants and refugees; (2) adolescents' health status and social health in the areas of mortality, crime and victimization, sexual activity, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse, health-promoting behaviors, labor force participation, and poverty; (3) family change and economic status; (4) education and schooling; and (5) adolescents' experience of community. In Section 4, an analysis of selected policy reports is provided, followed by an argument for a positive policy and program agenda. The section concludes with recommendations concerning overall planning, the reduction of poverty, availability of family supports, improved schooling for the middle grades, promotion of mental and physical health, and opportunities for service. In a summary, Section 5 briefly addresses the need for developing the complex strategies and making the public and private choices that will prepare young adolescents for success. (AC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Center for Early Adolescence, Carrboro, NC.