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ERIC Number: ED542868
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 31
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
National Child and Youth Well-Being Index (CWI), 2012
Foundation for Child Development
Each year, the Foundation for Child Development (FCD) and the Child and Youth Well-Being Index Project at Duke University issue a comprehensive measure of how children are faring in the United States. The resultant NATIONAL Child and Youth Well-Being Index (CWI) is based on a composite of "28 Key Indicators of well-being that are grouped into seven Quality-of-Life/Well-Being Domains." These Domains are: Family Economic Well-Being, Safe/Risky Behavior, Social Relationships, Emotional/Spiritual Well-Being, Community Engagement, Educational Attainment, and Health. The CWI tracks changes in these Domains and Indicators, and in the value of the overall Index, compared to 1975 base year values. This year, for the first time ever, the CWI report focuses on the analysis of changes over the past ten years in particular, giving us an assessment of how American children fared during the first decade of the new century. The report puts this analysis in the context of the broader CWI, which shows how children's quality of life has changed over the last 36 years. Thus, this year's report includes: (1) Estimates of trends in child well-being over the past decade; (2) Calculated values of the CWI for each of the years from the base year of the Index, 1975-2009; (3) An updated estimate of the CWI for 2010; and (4) An initial estimate of the CWI for 2011. Trends in the CWI from 2001 to 2011 include: (1) Family Economic Well-Being has deteriorated; (2) Poverty is up; (3) Median family income is down; (4) Secure employment is down; (5) PreK enrollment progress has stalled; (6) Educational Attainment progress is slow; (7) Health insurance coverage has increased only slightly; (8) Health and Emotional/Spiritual Well-Being declined; (9) Risky behaviors are down; (10) Violent Crime is down; (11) Bachelor's degrees are up; and (12) Composite CWI. Appended are: (1) Twenty-Eight Key Indicators of the NATIONAL Child and Youth Well-Being Index (CWI); (2) Sources of Data for the NATIONAL CWI; (3) NATIONAL CWI Values, 1975-200929, with an Updated Estimate for 2010 and an Initial Estimate for 2011; and (4) The NATIONAL CWI: Long-Term Changes in the Domains and Key Indicators, 1975-2011. (Contains 17 figures and 31 footnotes.) [For previous report, "Child and Youth Well-Being Index (CWI), 2011," see ED542873.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Foundation for Child Development