Why Do Critical Issues Children Face In The 2000s

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Title: Critical Issues Children Face in the 2000s. By: Crockett, Deborah, Fayette County Board of Education, GA, US, Database: Professional School Psychology, School Psychology Quarterly, Vol 18(4), Win, 2003. pp. 446-453. PsycINFO Database Record. Purpose: Due to the scope of the issues children face in the 2000s, greater planning, collaboration, and program implementation across disciplines and agencies is required. Listed are a handful of the many reason why: • While their parents work, millions of children in the United States lack safe, affordable, quality child care as well as early childhood education. It is estimated that 7.5 million children are at home alone without supervision; most often after school when they…show more content…
• In an average classroom of 20 children, there are most likely at least three children who are either victims or bullies. • One-half of motor vehicle accidents involving adolescents are associated with alcohol and other drugs. Methodology: This is a Quantitative study providing seemingly countless statistics, percents, and relationships between children and the “critical issues” they face today. Findings: Although poverty rates have gone down in the last 15 years, with the recent economic downturn, it is anticipated that we will again experience significant increases in children living poverty. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that children, adolescents, and young adults are disproportionately affected by violent injury and death. As one would guess, many of these deaths are linked to firearms. Violence occurs in the home, community and school. Often times, there is no safe place for children. In addition, countless statistics are provided for bullying and harassment, teen pregnancy, sexual behavior, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health…show more content…
The Census Bureau reported in 2002 that 20% of the U.S. population was either foreign born or are first generation citizens. Strengths: The message is well documented. In today’s society, kids face an uphill struggle. The review summarizes many of the leading factors which make growing up a great challenge. As mentioned in the findings, the range is from poverty, violence (including gun possession), bullying and harassment, teen pregnancy, sexual behavior, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health issues. The “Mental Health Issues and Services” list several concise and well documented frightening facts about today’s youth. Even though alarmingly high, they reported that 12% of high school aged students’ complete suicide. Suicide rates are on the rise for persona aged 10-14 years. Limitations: There aren’t clear outlines to firm up the statistics. For example, it was said “A total of 37% of children in the United States live in low-income families.” What is considered “low income”? What is considered

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