ERIC Number: EJ625377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Opportunity, Community, and Reckless Lives: Social Distress among Adolescents in West Virginia.
Bickel, Robert; McDonough, Meghan
Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, v6 n1 p29-44 1997
In contrast to persistent "culture of poverty" explanations, studies of seemingly irrational risk-taking behaviors among West Virginia adolescents found that early pregnancy and dropping out of school were related to lack of economic opportunity and decline of traditional community cultural patterns without acceptable alternatives. Social and educational policies based on culture-of-poverty assumptions will fail. Contains 51 references. (TD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Aspiration, Community Characteristics, Context Effect, Disadvantaged Environment, Dropouts, Early Parenthood, Economic Opportunities, High Risk Students, Mortality Rate, Quality of Life, Rural Youth, School Community Relationship, School Size, Secondary Education, Self Destructive Behavior, Social Environment, Violence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: West Virginia