Examining eight indicators of children's well-being, the center found that the juvenile-incarceration rate rose by 41 percent since 1979, and the proportion of children in poverty has increased by 26 percent over that period. The teenage violent-death rate--now 69.7 per 100,000 youths--and the percent of out-of-wedlock births have also risen, the study found. The proportion of low-birth-weight babies rose by 1 percent between 1980 and 1988, it found.
On a positive note, however, the report also points out that the infant-mortality rate dropped from 12.6 per 1,000 births in 1980 to 10 per 1,000 births in 1988, and that the death rate for children also declined during that period. The high-school graduation rate also increased, from 69.7 percent to 71.2 percent, the report notes.
More information about the "Kids Count Data Book," which also includes information about children's health and social well-being in each state, is available from the Center for the Study of Social Policy, 1250 I St., N.W., Suite 503, Washington, D.C. 20005.