ERIC Number: ED467311
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Perkins, Daniel F.; LaGreca, Anthony J.; Mullis, Ronald L.
This publication combines three papers on rural and urban youth issues. "Key Issues Facing Rural Youth" (Daniel F. Perkins) notes that rural adolescents share the same concerns and exhibit the same problem behaviors as their urban counterparts. But in addition, geographic isolation presents problems unique to rural areas. A framework is proposed whereby rural communities establish a sense of belonging and connectedness among their youth through community gatherings and programs that are intergenerational. Rural schools can help by including projects that enable students to learn about their community's history, resources, needs, and entrepreneurial opportunities. "Urban Youth" (Anthony J. LaGreca) discusses factors paramount to understanding urban youth, including family life, education, employment, health, suicide, sexual behavior, delinquency, gangs, guns, and substance abuse. It notes that negative generalizations ignore the fact that urban youth can be highly resilient. Still, there is a point at which stress factors can cause even the most resilient of young people to break down emotionally or socially. Young people face many social and psychological stresses, yet our society is still reluctant to place resources into school and community mental health services. "Annotated Bibliography: Youth Issues," compiled by Ronald L. Mullis, offers 104 publications dealing with youth issues such as careers, crime, culture, education, family relations, health peers, risk, teen pregnancy, technology, and other miscellaneous topics. (Contains 75 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adult Child Relationship, Delinquency, Family Influence, Geographic Isolation, Minority Groups, Place Based Education, Rural Schools, Rural Youth, School Community Relationship, School Role, Secondary Education, Sexuality, Substance Abuse, Urban Schools, Urban Youth, Violence, Youth Problems
For full text: http://srdc.msstate.edu/publications/228_rural_urban.pdf.
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Rural Development Center, Mississippi State.
Note: Partially funded by the Heartland Center for Leadership Development.