ERIC Number: ED441599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Louisiana Adolescent Data Book.
Kimbrell, Joe, Ed.; Daly, Maureen, Ed.; Sterne, Sylvia, Ed.; Howard, Sharon, Ed.; Evans, Trina, Ed.; Lowenthal, Nancy, Ed.; Galatas, Kate, Ed.; Sumrall, Liz, Ed.
This report provides a comprehensive review of the status of Louisiana's youth and is designed to be used in planning efforts and in developing priorities for improving the health and welfare of the youth of the state. Chapter 1 of the report examines the concept of expanding the definition of health to include social and emotional development, considers the relationship of high-risk behaviors to health, and identifies 40 developmental assets that predict behavior. Chapter 2 provides brief synopses of current state programs for adolescents. Chapter 3 highlights the connection between poverty and health, and provides the number of children in each parish receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, and statistics on foster care, unemployment, and employment status by parish. Chapter 4 considers the relationship between health and academic performance. Chapter 5 discusses the mental health issues facing adolescents; provides information on the symptoms of depression; details the number of validated cases of neglect, sexual, and physical abuse in the state; and provides information about incarcerated youth. Chapter 6 contains information on homeless youth and discusses program eligibility. Chapter 7 summarizes results of the 1997 Louisiana Youth Risk Behavior Survey that examined the prevalence of health risk behaviors, including substance abuse, tobacco, gambling, and injuries; and provides information on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and teen pregnancy. Chapter 8 covers a variety of infectious diseases facing teens, including hepatitis B, tuberculosis, and dental disease. Appended are figures relevant to each chapter and a comprehensive list of Web sites where additional information can be obtained. (KB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescent Behavior, Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Child Abuse, Child Health, Child Neglect, Communicable Diseases, Comprehensive School Health Education, Crime, Depression (Psychology), Elementary Secondary Education, Foster Care, Health Promotion, Homeless People, Incidence, Mental Health, Poverty, Program Descriptions, School Health Services, Sexual Abuse, State Programs, Tables (Data), Unemployment, Violence, Well Being, Youth Problems
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Office of Public Health, New Orleans. Dept. of Health and Hospitals.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana