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"2012 National Child and Youth Well-Being Index"

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America's children and their families are showing greater resilience and support in the face of a rise in poverty that has now wiped out the historic financial gains of the 1990s, according to the Foundation for Child Development's annual child well-being index.

The New York City-based group announced last month that overall child well-being is up more than 5 percent both from 2001 and the index's beginning a generation ago, in 1975. The index is a composite of 28 indicators of children's environmental and economic environments and behaviors.

Kenneth C. Land, the index's lead researcher, found improvements were driven primarily by the children themselves: They were less likely than in past years to become involved in violent crime, do drugs, or become parents as teenagers. Community engagement and educational attainment were on the upswing.

Vol. 32, Issue 15, Page 5

Published in Print: January 9, 2013, as Children and Poverty
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