ERIC Number: ED423347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Invest in Kids--Californians Support New Approach To Prevent Youth Violence. Living Well, Spending for Health. Policy Notes.
California Center for Health Improvement, Sacramento.
This "Policy Note" highlights new information about youth crime and prevention that suggest that California has a unique opportunity over the next several years to invest in new preventive approaches for reducing youth violence. Several surveys by the California Center for Health Improvement (CCHI) have documented that Californians share a vision of the aspects of their communities that need major improvements. Safe neighborhoods lead the list of priorities for virtually all ethnic and income groups. In addition, Californians want to prevent youth from becoming involved in violence and crime. The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), the first national study of adolescent health that measures a number of variables related to adolescent lives, surveyed 90,000 students in secondary school and interviewed more than 20,000 teenagers and 18,000 parents. The major research finding of this study is that, independent of race, ethnicity, family structure, and poverty status, adolescents who are connected to their parents, their families, and their school communities are healthier than those who are not. Another national study, "After-School Crime or After-School Programs," compiled from Federal Bureau of Investigation data, asserts that juvenile crime results from too little adult supervision and the decreased availability of after-school activities. A study in Orange County (California) has shown the effectiveness of an intervention that used an array of social services to assist targeted youth and their families. CCHI data show that Californians believe that money matters and that what money is spent on is critical. Strong majorities of voters consider community-based violence prevention programs to be effective and they are willing to allocate public tax dollars to fund them. Voters are also willing to create a state-level violence prevention authority to fund such projects. The challenge for policy makers and community leaders is to identify prevention strategies that work in funded programs. (Contains five tables and eight references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Wellness Foundation.
Authoring Institution: California Center for Health Improvement, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California