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Title: Portrait of Young Adolescents in the 1990s: Implications for Promoting Healthy Growth and Development
Author(s): P C Scales
Corporate Author: Center for Early Adolescence
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 96
Sponsoring Agency: Carnegie Corporation of New York
New York, NY 10036
Center for Early Adolescence
Carrboro, NC 27510
Lilly Endowment, Inc
Indianapolis, IN 46208
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
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United States of America

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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on recent research findings and policy analyses, this report explains the developmental needs and current status of children ages 10 to 15 in the United States and recommends policy and program changes to promote their healthy growth and development.
Abstract: The text emphasizes that early adolescents require a variety of types and levels of activities to meet their seven crucial developmental needs: (1) positive social interaction with adults and peers;, (2) structure and clear limits; (3) physical activity; (4) creative expression; (5) competence and achievement; (6) meaningful participation in families, schools, and communities; and (7) opportunities for self-definition. Data regarding demographics, health status, social health, family change, education, and other factors indicate both distressing and hopeful trends. Therefore, actions are needed to reduce poverty, make supports available to families with young adolescents, improve schooling in the middle grades, increase the promotion of physical and mental health, and increase opportunities for young adolescents to become close to others and to have an impact on their communities. Figures, tables, and chapter reference lists
Main Term(s): Child development; Youth development
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Child welfare; Children at risk; Family support
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