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America's Youth: Measuring the Risk (2002) The Institute for Youth Development
P.O. Box 16560
Washington, DC 20041
Phone: (703) 433-1640

Gives data on America's youth characteristics, attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, and risk-taking behaviors. Gives information and data on the interconnection between youth risk behavior its early debut, and risk reduction factors. No dowload available.

Bureau of Justice Statistics
Bureau of Justice Statistics
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531

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Bureau of Justice Statistics
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: (202) 307- 0765

Collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

Child Trends American Teen Research Briefs
4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW,Suite 350
Washington, DC 20008

Child Trend's Midwest Office
615 First Avenue, NE, Suite 225
Minneapolis, MN 55413-2254
Phone: (202) 572-6010
Fax: (612) 692-5512
Phone: (202) 572-6000
Fax: (202) 362-8420 (third floor, Suite 350)
Fax: (202) 362-5533 (first floor, Suite 100)

Summarizes and "translates" key research and evaluation studies on preventing teen pregnancy, encouraging better eating and exercise habits, promoting mental and emotional health, motivating teens in school, promoting positive social skills and encouraging responsible citizenship.

Child Trends DataBank
Media Inquiries Contact:
David Carrier
Phone: (202) 572-6138
General Email:

Latest national trends and research on over 70 key indicatiors of child and youth well-being, with new indicators added each month has been selected as a "Best Bet" on the USA TODAY education website, April 9-15, 2003.

The Common Core of Data (CCD)
1990 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 502-7300

A program of the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics; a comprehencisve, annual, national statistical database of information concernibg all public elementary and secondary schools (approximately 95,000) and school districts (approximately 17,000)

Community Youth Development Study
9725 3rd Avenue, NE, Suite 401
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: (206) 685-1997
Fax: (206) 543-4507

A University of Washington 5-year intervention study designed to determin the effectiveness of the Communities That Care (CTC) system in promoting healthy youth development and reducing levels of youth drug use, violence, delinquency, teenage pregnancy, and school drop out. Began in 2003.

"Data Trends Summary: Effectiveness of mentoring programs for youth: A meta-analytic review."
1600 W 4th Avenue, Suite 900
Portland, OR 97201

Mail Address:
Research and Training Center
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207
Phone: (503) 725-4040
Fax: (503) 725-4180
Email Addresses:
Information and Editor of focal point and featured discussions: Janet Walker,
Publications: RTC Publications Office:
Conference: Donna Fleming,

Special Issue, American Journal of Community Psychology. The Research and Training Center at Portland State University collaborates with the Research and Training Center at the University of South Florida to produce Data Trends, a series of one-page briefs addressing current themes, summarizing recent articles, or presenting new developments in the field of the children's mental health.

The Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH)
Phone: 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)
TTY: 888-232-6348

Provides the latest data about youth risk behaviors and effective interventions that address adolescent risk behaviors.

FBI Arrest Statistics

A data dissemination application developed for the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention by the National Center for Juvenile Justice. Factors include age and time period.

Harvard Family Research Project
3 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-9108

Fax: 617-495-8594

Strive to increase the effectiveness of public and private organizations and communities as they promote child development, student achievement, healthy family functioning, and community development. In its relationships with national, state, and local partners, HFRP fosters a sustainable learning process--one that relies on the collection, analysis, synthesis, and application of information to guide problem-solving and decision making.

Monitoring the Future Survey (MTFS)

From the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, funded by the National Institue on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health. Tracks 12th graders' illicit drug abuse and attitudes towards drugs since 1975, and 8th and 10th graders since 1991. Surveys students about lifetime and past year, month, and day use of drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco. Results released each fall.

National Center for Health Statistics
1600 Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA 30333
Phone: 404-639-3311
Public Inquiries: 404-639-3534/ 800-311-3435

CDC agency collects data to document health status of population and important health groups, identify disparities between subgroups, monitor health status and health care trends, support research, and provide information for changes in public policies and programs.

The Search Institute
The Banks Building
615 First Avenue NE
Suite 125

Minneapolis, MN 55413
Phone: 612-376-8955/ 800-888-7828

Staff conduct applied scientific work on positive child and youth development in order to strengthen and deepen the scientific underpinnings of the developmental assets framework and enhance its application across the first two decades of human life. Staff study how communities across the nation are becoming more developmentally attentive and building a developmental infrastructure for children and adolescents.

Urban Institute
2100 M Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-833-7200

The Urban Institute is a non-profit nonpartisan policy research and educational organization that provides information and analysis to public and private decision makers to help them address these challenges and strives to raise citizen understanding of these issues and tradeoffs in policymaking.

The U.S. Census Bureau Data Across Tools
4600 Silver Hill Road
Washington, DC 20233
Contact Webstie:

Offers user-friendly tools for extracting and displaying information on communities across the United States. The interactive software on this site allows users to generate detailed maps with self selected statistical information. 

Violence in Music: Effect of Violence Lyrics on Aggression
American Psychological Assocaition
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5500 or 800-374-2721

A new study in the May issue of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology reports that violent music lyrics increase aggressive thoughts and feelings in young adults, even when the lyrics are intended to be humorous.

Yale Child Study Center's School Development Program (SDP)
55 College Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: 202-737-1020
Fax: 202-737-1023

SDP is the organization charged with implementing the Comer Process in school communities. The Comer Process, a school and system-wide intervention formulated by Dr. James P.Comer at the Yale University School of Medicine's Child Study Center, aims to bridge child psychiatry and education. The Comer Process provides a structure as well as a process for  mobilizing adults to support students' learning and overall development. It is a different way of conceptualizing and working in schools and replaces traditional school organization and management with an operating system that works for schools and the students they serve. Dr. Comer uses a metaphor of six developmental pathways to characterize the lines along which children mature--physical, cognitive, psychological, language, social and ethical. The SDP school community uses the six developmental pathways as a framework for making decisions that will benefit children .In schools using the Comer Process, far more is expected from the students than just cognitive development.

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