ERIC Number: ED360435
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May-6
Reference Count: N/A
School's a Rough Place: Youth Gangs, Drug Users, and Family Life in Los Angeles. Draft.
The lives and places in society of urban youth at risk of dropping out of the Los Angeles (California) Unified School District schools are explored through interviews of adolescents whom the author met when doing field work in Los Angeles County. Data come from interviews conducted in the course of the 1991 Drug Use Forecasting Study (DUF) and the Sex-for-Crack study. Of the DUF sample, 394 were male and 44 female, with almost 60 percent Latinos and about 22 percent African Americans. Additional and more qualitative interviews were conducted with 123 of this sample. The Sex-for-Crack sample interviewed 40 dependent crack users in 8 cities in 1989-91. From these subjects, four social types of youth at risk for dropping out are identified: (1) gang members; (2) young parents; (3) substance abusers; and (4) youth from dysfunctional homes. The characteristics and problems of each group are explored. The different types of youth have different needs at different levels of potential intervention. Gang members, out of alienation from society, have created societies of their own. Teen sexuality must be addressed, and youth abusing drugs and alcohol need more realistic education at earlier ages. Child abuse is a dramatic example of the recurrent problems of dysfunctional families that must be addressed in multiple ways. Feelings of alienation from school can only be relieved when students and their parents feel less alienated from society. (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Black Students, Child Abuse, Crack, Disadvantaged Youth, Dropouts, Drug Use, Family Life, Family Problems, High Risk Students, Hispanic American Students, Interviews, Juvenile Gangs, Latin Americans, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Sexuality, Student Surveys, Urban Problems, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles)