Monday, October 22, 2012

Child Trends- Special Feature on the Transition to Adulthood and More

Child Trends
October 22, 2012

Fall Child Indicator Newsletter Features New Resources and Data; Special Feature on the Transition to Adulthood and More

Child Trends' Child Indicator newsletter compiles new developments and resources within the child and youth indicators field.  The Fall 2012 edition focuses on the transition to adulthood, developmental benchmarks for success on the pathway to the middle class, indicators of flourishing youth, and brief updates for the child indicators community.

A special feature, Transition to Adulthood, highlights challenges facing 18- to 24-year olds, as suggested by several recent reports.  Among the data presented are trends in college-going, work, and living arrangements for this age group.  Data from recent studies show substantial gaps, by race and gender, in post-secondary educational attainment.  Ironically, a recent national survey shows one-fifth to one-half of students in grades 4-12 think school work is "too easy."  Current models of high school and post-secondary education are not meeting the needs of institutions, the labor market, or youth themselves.  The changing economy demands deeper learning: skills in cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal domains.

One recent report, Pathways to the Middle Class, illustrates the cumulative nature of success (or failure) at key developmental transitions, from birth to adulthood.  Among the findings: girls have a better chance at succeeding than boys, through adolescence; however, by early adulthood men catch up and then exceed women in terms of economic success.
The fall issue also highlights updates from Child Trends' Flourishing Children Positive Indicators Project. Multiple constructs describe flourishing youth.  These include parental relationships, engagement in education, diligence and reliability, generosity, goal orientation, and satisfaction.  The Project aims to establish the importance of positive indicators within a well-being framework.
The latest America's Children and KIDS COUNT reports, new global progress on HIV/AIDS among children, and a new Census Bureau online tool are also noted in this edition of The Child Indicator.
Child Trends produces and distributes The Child Indicator with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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