Thursday, January 23, 2014

Child Trends E-News: America's Disconnected Families

January 23, 2014  Subscribe

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Nearly one third of children in families at or below the poverty line live in households where no adult has been employed for at least 50 weeks or received cash assistance (TANF) in the past year. How do these families buy food, or pay for doctors' visits and clothes, or for the child care that might enable them to work? Child Trends explored these questions and more, identifying factors that place children in these "disconnected families" at heightened risk. We also found that these kids have some things going for them, beyond their material well-being. 

Young Adults

Dynamics of young adult romantic relationships

Most young adults are in romantic relationships and are sexually active. Most of them report high levels of satisfaction in their relationships. But in about 30 percent of these couples, only one partner reported being very satisfied or committed to the relationship. What else do we know about dynamics in young adults' heterosexual relationships? Do men and women get an equal deal? Find out in this brief.

Teen Health Highlight

Almost half of U.S. high school students have ever had sex, and their relatively low levels of contraceptive use are wreaking havoc. Teens ages 15 to 24 account for just under half of the 19 million new STDs diagnosed in the U.S. every year. And, despite recent declines, teen pregnancy rates in the U.S. remain higher than in other developed nations, partly due to lower contraceptive use in the U.S. This according to Contraceptive and Condom Use in Adolescence, which presents key findings about contraceptive and condom use and the prevalence and trends of STDs.


Caring adults help children thrive

Having a mentor-like adult outside of the home can promote positive well-being for children, and even make them more likely to talk with their parents about things that matter to them. This brief uses data from the National Survey of Children's Health to examine the prevalence of these relationships in the U.S., and the association between having a caring adult and indicators of positive well-being.

The National Council on Family Relations announced its 2014 fellows, and we're proud to announce that Kristin Anderson Moore, Child Trends' senior scholar, was among the five chosen. Fellows are selected for their broad, enduring impact on the field of family science. Congratulations, Kris!

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