Indicators of Child Well-being and Family Environments

Posted by on February 28, 2004

[posted from National K-12 Service-Learning listserv]

Changes in Children’s Well-Being and Family Environments presents information on indicators of child well-being and behavior and of family environments between 1997 and 2002. The policy brief is the latest in the Snapshots of America’s Families series published by the Urban Institute. The authors used data from the 1997, 1999, and 2002 rounds of the National Survey of America=92s Families to determine whether the well-being and behavior of children and their family environments changed from the late 1990s to 2002. Findings presented in the brief include information on reading and storytelling, engagement in school, activities outside the home, behavioral and emotional problems, parental aggravation, and child well-being by family income. The brief is intended for use by policymakers, researchers, and others interested in monitoring improvements in child and family well-being. It is available at

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