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Youth in Families, Schools, and Communities

JOY G. DRYFOOS

in Safe Passage

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780195137859
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199846948 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137859.003.0002
Youth in Families, Schools, and Communities

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This chapter reviews the important facts and figures about the life styles and views of adolescents today. It looks at the teenage population as a whole, and their families, schools, and communities. An understanding of the rapidly changing social environment in which young people are being reared is important to developing the context for a Safe Passage Movement. This book focuses on ‘middle-age’youth, looking on eighth and ninth graders. It settles on African Americans, Hispanics, Whites, Native Americans, and Asians. All young people rely heavily on their families for support, but not all of them get it. School experiences can also have a major effect on the lives of teenagers, and the people children meet at school can influence them in both good and bad ways.

Keywords: families; schools; communities; adolesscence; Safe Passage Movement; eighth grade; ninth grade; social environment

Chapter.  5304 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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