ERIC Number: ED424965
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Teen Report: A Factual Assessment of Today's Tennessee Teens. A Tennessee KIDS COUNT Project Report.
Tennessee State Commission on Children and Youth, Nashville.
This Kids Count report focuses on the well being of Tennessee's teenagers. The statistical portrait is based on 10 indicators of well being: (1) teen pregnancy; (2) drug abuse; (3) HIV infection; (4) sexually transmitted diseases; (5) high school dropout; (6) scores on the American College Testing Program (ACT); (7) teen employment; (8) school violence; (9) teen crime; and (10) teen violent deaths. The report is presented in 10 sections, each describing the statewide findings on the indicators and delineating statistics for each county. Findings indicate that the teen pregnancy rate has begun to decline, with the 1992 rate the lowest since the mid-1980s. Some indications suggest that substance abuse among teens may have declined recently. The reduction in the rate and number of teens contracting sexually transmitted diseases is attributed to better education, clinical services, and medicine. The reduction in high school dropout rate is likely due to legislative and educational efforts. The average ACT scores of Tennessee students in 1993 was close to the national average. However, firearm-related school expulsions increased more than fivefold in three years, with the number of violence-related expulsions and the use or sale of drugs more than doubling. The number of violent crime court referrals more than doubled since 1984, and the number and percent of firearm-related teen deaths increased from 1984 to 1992. The report concludes by noting that prevention programs that succeed focus on early childhood and family interventions, school-based interventions, and community-based programs. (KB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Child Health, Counties, Crime, Demography, Early Parenthood, Employment Patterns, High Schools, Poverty, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Social Indicators, State Surveys, Statistical Surveys, Substance Abuse, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Violence, Well Being
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Tennessee State Commission on Children and Youth, Nashville.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee