ERIC Number: ED426122
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Worried about Guidance for Young People. Californians Favor Investing in After-School, Mentoring, Education Programs. Growing Up Well. Focus on Prevention.
California Center for Health Improvement, Sacramento.
This report, third of eight in a series, highlights the views of California adults about investing in young people for their healthy development. Because adult guidance is so critical to promoting health development of young people, as part of the California Center for Health Improvement's Children and Youth survey, California adults were asked if they were concerned about the level of parental support children and youth in their community received. Responses were received from 1,168 adults, 498 of whom were parents of children under the age of 18 and 884 of whom were registered voters. Seventy-eight percent of adults surveyed said that they are either very worried or somewhat worried about a lack of parental support for young people. More than half of parents were very worried. Forty-nine percent of those surveyed believed that most children these days need more attention and guidance from adults. Research does indicate that young people today have a lot of free time, and research also shows that a sense of connection between young people and adults helps protect them from risks that can affect their health. Strategies to promote healthy young people are discussed. These use an assets-based approach that recognizes the strengths young people have as assets to be reinforced. School and community partnerships are an important part of such an approach. Mentoring is another community-based approach that can bring young people and adults together. Research has made the link between low educational attainment and many conditions that undermine the health of children. When California adults were asked if they would pay more in taxes for education support programs for young people, such as tutoring or reading programs, 77% of registered voters said they were somewhat or very willing to pay more in taxes to support these services. Survey respondents also thought that establishing more programs for school age children would help make communities safer for children. Policy recommendations are made for partnerships for youth development, a focus on the assets all young people have, and the investment of additional resources in programs for young people. (Contains two tables and eight references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Wellness Foundation.
Authoring Institution: California Center for Health Improvement, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California