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ERIC Number: ED421235
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Pages: 58
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Status of Oregon's Children: 1997 County Databook. Special Focus: Youth-at-Risk.
Children First for Oregon, Portland.
This Kids Count databook examines statewide trends in the well-being of Oregon's children, focusing on youth at risk. The statistical report is based on 12 indicators of well-being: (1) juvenile arrests; (2) teen sexuality; (3) high school dropout rate; (4) teen suicide; (5) reading proficiency; (6) math proficiency; (7) child abuse and neglect; (8) crimes against persons; (9) child deaths; (10) low birthweight; (11) infant mortality; and (12) child care supply. An introduction gives an overview of findings, provides guidelines for data interpretation, and describes the data sources. The bulk of the document is comprised of key statewide and county findings on youth-at-risk data, and general county indicators of well-being. Findings indicate that the juvenile arrest rate has been steadily increasing. The teen pregnancy rate and the low birthweight rates have changed very little. Although girls are much more likely to be diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease, concern among boys and girls is fairly even. The statewide dropout rate decreased slightly. The teen suicide attempt rate worsened slightly. There have been increases in cigarette smoking and alcohol and illicit drug use, especially marijuana. Approximately half of eighth graders met the reading and mathematics proficiency standards in 1997. The child abuse victim rate was 9.9 per 1,000 children. The 1995 child death rate was 26.2, a 6 percent increase over the previous year. Infant mortality was at the lowest rate since 1990. Child care supply improved 26 percent between 1995 and 1996. (KB)
Children First for Oregon, 921 SW Morrison, Suite 418, Portland, OR 97205; phone: 800-544-0376, 503-294-1456; e-mail:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Children First for Oregon, Portland.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Goals 2000