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Survey Says Many Children Issues Stagnant

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WASHINGTON, Mar 25, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- America's young people are safer than they have been for three decades but things are no better on health and other issues, a new survey says.

Researchers at Duke University and the Foundation for Child Development, in a first-of-its-kind national survey, say children and teenagers today are less likely to become criminals, crime victims or parents than they were in 1975. High school seniors are less likely to smoke, drink or use illicit drugs.

But, school performance reflects little improvement, the study says, and children and youths are more likely to be obese or to commit suicide and far more likely to live in a single-parent home, the Washington Post reports.

Lead researcher Kenneth C. Land, a professor of sociology at Duke, attributed the stagnancy in children's quality of life largely to a volatile economy, particularly from 1981 to 1994, and to the increase in single-parent families.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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