National Commission on Children, 1111 Eighteenth Street, NW, Suite 810, Washington, DC 20036.
Reports - Research
This document reports the results of a nationwide survey of more than 1,700 households conducted by the National Commission on Children. Children between the ages of 10 and 17 and their parents were interviewed concerning the quality of their family life and the nature of their relationships with each other and with institutions that affect families. Results indicated that: (1) most parents reported close relationships with their children; (2) most children reported satisfaction with their family life; (3) most parents reported considerable stress related to factors outside the family, such as economic pressures; (4) single parents and children living apart from one or both parents reported substantial stress related to the absence of a parent; (5) custodial parents reported serious economic concerns; and (6) minority families, poor families in general, and poor urban families in particular, reported more problems affecting children's well-being than did other families. Results indicated a need for increased adult guidance for adolescents experiencing peer pressure concerning high risk activities. Recommendations for strengthening families, ensuring economic security, supporting adolescents' transition to adulthood, and creating a moral climate for children are offered. Appendixes include an explanation of the survey methodology and a list of the members of the survey's technical advisory panel. (BC)