ERIC Number: ED453313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-13
Reference Count: N/A
Trends among Hispanic Children, Youth and Families.
Williams, Stephanie, Comp.
This report presents data on Hispanic Americans, one of the nation's largest racial minorities. Hispanics have had much lower high school completion rates and higher dropout rates than blacks and whites since the 1970s. Hispanic high school students are more likely to carry weapons and more likely to become pregnant than black and white students. Between 1970-99, the percentage of children in two-parent families decreased for all races, and the number of Hispanic children living in two-parent families decreased from 78 to 63 percent. Hispanic women have the highest nonmarital birth rate of all racial and ethnic groups. Hispanic youth are more likely than black or white youth to consider or attempt suicide. Hispanic children are less likely to have health insurance than black or white children. The percentage of all Hispanic women who receive early prenatal care has increased from 60.2 percent in 1980 to 74.3 percent in 1998. Hispanic children were more likely than other children to live in poverty in 1997. The percentage of Hispanic children at or below 100 percent of the poverty line declined between 1996-99, though they (and black children) are twice as likely as white children to live in poverty. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Trends, Inc., Washington, DC.