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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[This] volume is... capable of making a significant and valuable contribution to the field of youth development, and as well, to serve as a model for scholars interested in undertaking the development of core indicators for other age cohorts." - Francisco A. Villarruel, Michigan State University

"In this comprehensive volume, Brett V. Brown presents cutting-edge research from top researchers in the areas of health, education, and social and emotional development as related to key indices of child and adolescent development… Child development researchers, welfare and social reformers, education policy makers, data collectors, and practitioners will find the collection of works beneficial in determining which indicators are most useful as instruments of policy and planning… a much needed avenue to (a) promote a cohesive system of how we track indicators and the supporting research, (b) improve the quality of child and youth indicators, and (c) expand the cultural sensitivity and validity of indicators." – Veda E. Brown in PsycCritiques

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805848090
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/26/2007
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

Introduction: About the Chapters Brett V. Brown Brown, Brett V.

Part I Health Indicators

1 Key Indicators of Health and Safety: Infancy, Preschool, and Middle Childhood Dennis P. Hogan Hogan, Dennis P. Michael E. Msall Msall, Michael E. 1

2 Indicators of Youth Health and Well-Being: Taking the Long View Matthew W. Stagner Stagner, Matthew W. Janine M. Zweig Zweig, Janine M. 47

Part II Education Indicators

3 Progress in the Development of Indicators of School Readiness Tamara Halle Halle, Tamara Mairead Reidy Reidy, Mairead Martha Moorehouse Moorehouse, Martha Martha Zaslow Zaslow, Martha Catherine Walsh Walsh, Catherine Julia Calkins Calkins, Julia Nancy Geyelin Margie Margie, Nancy Geyelin Ayonda Dent Dent, Ayonda 65

4 What Do National and State National Assessment of Educational Progress Scores Tell Us About the Achievement of American K-12 Students? Ann Flanagan Flanagan, Ann David Grissmer Grissmer, David 103

Part III Social and Emotional Development Indicators

5 The Assessment of Psychological, Emotional, and Social Development Indicators in Middle Childhood Marika Ripke Ripke, Marika Aletha C. Huston Huston, Aletha C. Jacquelynne Eccles Eccles, Jacquelynne Janice Templeton Templeton, Janice 131

6 Developing Indicators of Confidence, Character, and Caring in Adolescents Jodie Roth-Herbst Roth-Herbst, Jodie Christina J. Borbely Borbely, Christina J. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne 167

7 A Developmental Framework for Selecting Indicators of Well-Being During the Adolescent and Young Adult Years Jacquelynne Eccles Eccles, Jacquelynne Brett V. Brown Brown, Brett V. Janice Templeton Templeton, Janice 197

Part IVSocial Context of Development Indicators

8 The Family Environment: Structure, Material Resources, and Child Care Gary D. Sandefur Sandefur, Gary D. Ann Meier Meier, Ann 237

9 Indicators of the Peer Environment in Adolescence Kathleen Mullan Harris Harris, Kathleen Mullan Shannon E. Cavanagh Cavanagh, Shannon E. 259

10 Key Indicators of School Quality Daniel Mayer Mayer, Daniel John Ralph Ralph, John 279

11 Constructing Community Indicators of Child Well-Being Jeffrey D. Morenoff Morenoff, Jeffrey D. Robert J. Sampson Sampson, Robert J. 307

Part V Child and Youth Indicators in Practice

12 Social Indicators as a Policy Tool: Welfare Reform as a Case Study Thomas J. Corbett Corbett, Thomas J. 333

13 Creating Community Capacity to Use Social Indicators David Murphey Murphey, David 363

Part VI Social Indexes of Child Well-Being

14 Child and Youth Well-Being in the United States, 1975-1998: Some Findings From a New Index Kenneth C. Land Land, Kenneth C. Vicki L. Lamb Lamb, Vicki L. Sarah Kahler Mustillo Mustillo, Sarah Kahler 393

15 Methodological Issues Surrounding the Construction of an Index of Child Well-Being Neil G. Bennett Bennett, Neil G. Hsien-Hen Lu Lu, Hsien-Hen 445

Author Index 461

Subject Index 473

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