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Key Indicators of Child and Youth Well-Being: Completing the Picture
     

Key Indicators of Child and Youth Well-Being: Completing the Picture

by Brett V. Brown
 

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ISBN-10: 0805848096

ISBN-13: 9780805848090

Pub. Date: 07/26/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Indicators of child and youth well-being are indispensable tools for improving the lives of children. In this book, the nation's leading development researchers review the recent progress made in the measurement, collection, dissemination, and use of indicators of child and youth well-being. In addition, they identify opportunities for future research to expand and

Overview

Indicators of child and youth well-being are indispensable tools for improving the lives of children. In this book, the nation's leading development researchers review the recent progress made in the measurement, collection, dissemination, and use of indicators of child and youth well-being. In addition, they identify opportunities for future research to expand and improve on the indicator data available, so as to develop greater measures of positive development.

The first eleven chapters cover key indicators in the areas of health, education, social, and emotional development and then social context indicators of the family, peers, school, and the community. The book then goes on to demonstrate the use of indicators for influencing policy at the state and local levels. One chapter discusses how social indicators were used to guide welfare reform and another recounts the use of the indicators to guide local planning. The volume concludes with a discussion of summary indices of well-being and the methodological challenges of constructing such indices.

Written in an accessible manner for policy makers, practitioners, and researchers concerned with children's well-being, including experts in developmental, social, community, and educational psychology, the book also serves as a supplementary text in public policy and the social sciences. The policy chapters will be of particular interest to those who use child and youth indicators to guide policy development.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805848090
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/26/2007
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
List of Contributors     xix
Introduction: About the Chapters   Brett V. Brown     xxi
Health Indicators
Key Indicators of Health and Safety: Infancy Preschool, and Middle Childhood   Dennis P. Hogan   Michael E. Msall     1
Indicators of Youth Health and Well-Being: Taking the Long View   Matthew W. Stagner   Janine M. Zweig     47
Education Indicators
Progress in the Development of Indicators of School Readiness   Tamara Halle   Mairead Reidy   Martha Moorehouse   Martha Zaslow   Catherine Walsh   Julia Calkins   Nancy Geyelin Margie   Ayonda Dent     65
What Do National and State National Assessment of Educational Progress Scores Tell Us About the Achievement of American K-12 Students?   Ann Flanagan   David Grissmer     103
Social and Emotional Development Indicators
The Assessment of Psychological, Emotional, and Social Development Indicators in Middle Childhood   Marika Ripke   Aletha C. Huston   Jacquelynne Eccles   Janice Templeton     131
Developing Indicators of Confidence, Character, and Caring in Adolescents   Jodie Roth-Herbst   Christina J. Borbely   Jeanne Brooks-Gunn     167
ADevelopmental Framework for Selecting Indicators of Well-Being During the Adolescent and Young Adult Years   Jacquelynne Eccles   Brett V. Brown   Janice Templeton     197
Social Context of Development Indicators
The Family Environment: Structure, Material Resources, and Child Care   Gary D. Sandefur   Ann Meier     237
Indicators of the Peer Environment in Adolescence   Kathleen Mullan Harris   Shannon E. Cavanagh     259
Key Indicators of School Quality   Daniel Mayer   John Ralph     279
Constructing Community Indicators of Child Well-Being   Jeffrey D. Morenoff   Robert J. Sampson     307
Child and Youth Indicators in Practice
Social Indicators as a Policy Tool: Welfare Reform as a Case Study   Thomas J. Corbett     333
Creating Community Capacity to Use Social Indicators   David Murphey     363
Social Indexes of Child Well-Being
Child and Youth Well-Being in the United States, 1975-1998: Some Findings From a New Index   Kenneth C. Land   Vicki L. Lamb   Sarah Kahler Mustillo     393
Methodological Issues Surrounding the Construction of an Index of Child Well-Being   Neil G. Bennett   Hsien-Hen Lu     445
Author Index     461
Subject Index      473

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