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NCJ Number: 128076 Find in a Library
Title: Young Adolescents and State Prevention Policy
Journal: Future Choices  Volume:2  Issue:2  Dated:(Fall 1990)  Pages:61-65
Author(s): P C Scales
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 5
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Young adolescents aged 10 to 15 need to be seen as a group in need of directed policies and programs and should receive a long-term commitment of policies, programs, and resources to programs that prevent future problems and develop healthy, capable youth.
Abstract: The last chance to prevent problems such as adolescent pregnancies, school dropouts, and substance abuse is in the ages from 10 to 15. More than 12 recent policy reports agree on the need for action in five areas: (1) reducing poverty, (2) making supports available to families with young adolescents, (3) improving schooling in the middle grades, (4) increasing the active promotion of adolescents' physical and mental health, and (5) increasing opportunities for young adolescents to connect with others and to have an impact on their communities. Needed programs include parent centers, parent buddy systems, home visiting aides, help with parents' continuing education, more school guidance counselors, efforts to attract and reward excellent teachers, better health screening and referrals, and community service experiences for youth. These efforts should take place over the long term, recognizing that the benefits will take place many years later.
Main Term(s): Youth development
Index Term(s): Children at risk; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
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