ERIC Number: ED365920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
The Troubled Journey: A Portrait of 6th-12th Grade Youth.
Benson, Peter L.
This report provides a composite look at public schools in the first 111 communities that conducted the 152-item survey titled "Search Institute Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors" through the RespecTeen program. Chapter 1 presents a vision of what is wanted for children, then attempts to evaluate how well this vision is being met. It introduces working definitions for assets, deficits, at-risk behavior, and prosocial behavior; describes grade, gender, and racial/ethnic differences in these constructs; and identifies interrelationships among the constructs. The survey methodology is described and sample characteristics are noted. Chapter 2 focuses on the 30 assets measured in the study, defining the assets, charting the percentage of youth in the study with each asset, and looking at the distribution of assets by grade. Chapter 3 considers 10 deficits identified in the sample, looks at deficits by grade, and then examines values, abuse, and misplaced priorities. Chapter 4 focuses on prosocial behavior. Chapter 5 examines 20 at-risk indicators and explores grade patterns for the indicators. Chapter 6 looks at how successfully the well-being of youth is being promoted. Chapter 7 considers the dynamics of prevention, and chapter 8 emphasizes resiliency. Chapter 9 suggests 34 strategies for change based on the findings of the study. Many of the data are presented in tabular form throughout the document; composite data on selected survey items and indices are appended. (NB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Elementary School Students, Intermediate Grades, Preadolescents, Prosocial Behavior, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Student Characteristics, Well Being, Youth Problems
Search Institute, 700 S. Third St., Suite 210, Minneapolis, MN 55415.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Search Inst., Minneapolis, MN.
Note: For a related document, see CG 025 183.