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Youth Indicators 1996

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September 1996 (NCES 96-027) Ordering Information

This edition of Youth Indicators marks the fourth edition of a series that was first issued in 1988. Youth Indicators is a statistical compilation of data on family structure, jobs, education, and other elements that comprise the world of young people. Where possible, long-term trend data are provided as an historical context for interpretation.

This edition highlights the transition of high school students into the labor force. The report includes chapters on the home environment including demographics, family composition, and family income; the school environment including school descriptions, outcomes, and out-of-school experiences; health; citizenship and values; and students' futures.




Major Sections



A. Demographics and Family Composition

1. Number of Young Adults
2. Population Projections of Young People
3. Marriage
4. Divorce
5. Marriage and Divorce Rates
6. Births
7. Births to Unmarried Women, by Age and Race
8. Births to Unmarried Women, International Comparisons
9. Pregnancy, Abortion, and Births
10. Families with Children
11. Children of Single Parents
12. Family Formation
13. Housing Condition of Children
14. Living Arrangements of Young Adults
15. Household Composition

B. Family Income

16. Median Family Income
17. Family Income
18. Parents' Employment
19. Mothers' Employment
20. Median Income
21. Poverty
22. Federal Aid to Families
23. Child Support


A. Description

24. College Costs
25. School Enrollment
26. Reported High School Program
27. Race of Students
28. School Completion
29. Dropouts
30. Pupil/Teacher Ratios and Expenditures per Student
31. Computer Use by Students

B. Outcomes

32. Degrees Conferred
33. Reading Proficiency
34. Writing Proficiency
35. Mathematics Proficiency
36. Science Proficiency
37. International Achievement Comparison
38. International Comparison of Educational Systems

C. Out-of-School Experiences

39. Extracurricular Activities
40. After School Activities
41. Sports Participation
42. Employment of 16- and 17-Year-Old Students
43. Spending Patterns of High School Seniors
44. Spending of Young Adults


45. Health Insurance
46. AIDS Knowledge and Attitudes
47. Athletics and Exercise
48. Illness
49. Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Use
50. Death
51. Causes of Death
52. Victims of Violent Crime


53. Volunteer Work and Community Affairs
54. Religion
55. Values
56. Job Satisfaction
57. Attitudes Compared with Parents' Views
58. Arrests
59. Types of Crime
60. Educational Aspirations


61. Activities After High School
62. Employment of Young Adults
63. Unemployment of Young Adults
64. Employment of High School Graduates
65. Earnings After High School
66. Job Transitions
67. Employment of College Students
68. Employment of Dropouts
69. Earnings and Education

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