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ERIC Number: ED519407
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 31
Abstractor: ERIC
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The 2009 Foundation for Child Development Child and Youth Well-Being Index (CWI) Report
Foundation for Child Development
The Foundation for Child Development Child and Youth Well-Being Index Project at Duke University issues an annual comprehensive measure of how children are faring in the United States. The Child Well-Being Index (CWI) is based on a composite of 28 "Key Indicators" of wellbeing that are grouped into seven "Quality-of-Life/Well-Being Domains," including economic wellbeing, health, safety, educational attainment, community connectedness, social relationships and emotional/spiritual well-being. This year's CWI is an updated measure of trends over the 32-year period from 1975 to 2007, with projections for 2008. This year, for the first time, the foundation has also produced a Special Focus Report that offers projections of the impact the recession is likely to have on children's well-being through the year 2010. These projections are drawn from time series forecasting of data from the CWI databank and from an analysis of past recessions. The major trends that can be drawn from the 2009 CWI Update include: Progress in American children's quality of life has fluctuated since 2002, and began a decline in 2008. Overall well-being--as measured by the composite "Child and Youth Well-Being Index" ("CWI")--peaked in 2002, after 9/11, at 102.07. This was followed by a decline below the 2002 level in 2003 and 2004. The CWI then rose by small amounts in the 2005 to 2007 years, reaching an estimated 103.17 in 2007, and began a decline in 2008. The Special Report shows that the impact of the current recession on children will be dramatic. While data on most of the Key Indicators in the CWI for 2008 will not be available for two to three years, early indications are that the CWI began to decline during the past year and will continue to have negative impacts. These projections show that virtually all the progress made in family economic well-being since 1975 will be wiped out. Appendices include: (1) Methods of Construction and Indicator List for the CWI; (2) Sources of Data for the CWI; (3) Child and Youth Well-Being Index Values, 1975-2007, with Projections for 2008; and (4) Medium-Term and Long-Term Changes in the CWI. (Contains 7 figures, 1 table and 12 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Foundation for Child Development
Identifiers - Location: United States