ERIC Number: ED467073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
The State of Our Nation's Youth, 2002-2003.
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., Alexandria, VA.; Hart (Peter D.) Research Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
This report details findings of the seventh annual (2002-2003) national survey of the attitudes and plans of American adolescents. Participating in the telephone survey was a nationally representative sample of 1,003 students aged 13 to 18, in ninth through twelfth grade. The report summarizes findings "at a glance" and discusses findings under the following broad headings: (1) "Schools Are No Better, No Worse"; (2) "Students' Support Network Is Strong"; (3) "Effects of September 11 Are Still Felt"; and (4) "College Is a Priority for the Future." Among the key findings, the report notes that high school students continue to give their school a B- average rating, with the ratings strongly resembling the grades students report for themselves. Most students say their school is doing enough to keep them safe and secure during the school day. They continue to be torn between their studies and other demands on their time. More than one-third have a job outside school. Ninety percent of students report that they have at least one family member in whom they can confide about personal matters. Students were divided on whom they preferred to spend their free time with. Few students select a role model outside their immediate circle of contacts. A substantial proportion of students declared the September 11 terrorist attacks on America as the single most significant event they have lived through. Students' reactions to the war on terror were remarkably positive. More than 80 percent of students said that attending college was at least very important to being successful later in life, with nearly all seeing some type of college in their future. The report includes data tables. (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents, Aspiration, Attitude Change, Career Choice, Comparative Analysis, Discipline, Extracurricular Activities, Family Life, Family Relationship, High School Students, High Schools, Interests, Marriage, National Surveys, Parent Child Relationship, School Attitudes, Sex Differences, Social Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Tables (Data), Telephone Surveys, Well Being, Work Attitudes, Youth Problems
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., 99 Canal Center Plaza, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-684-9444; Fax: 703-684-9445. For full text: http://www.horatioalger.com.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., Alexandria, VA.; Hart (Peter D.) Research Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.