Trend Lines Blog

Welcome to Child Trends’ blog, Trend Lines, where we share key findings from child and youth research and offer insights to inform  policies and programs.

More Good News on Teen Births, but Work Left to be Done

multicultural teen friendsA new report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) shows that the rate of teenage childbearing in the United States fell last year to 26.6 births per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19, which is the lowest level on record. This data point adds yet another chapter to an evolving and wholly remarkable success story: since the early 1990s, the teen birth rate has fallen by nearly 60 percent.

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Bringing Generations Together, One “Gol” at a Time: A Research Perspective on the World Cup

colombiaWho would have thought that in 90 minutes you could ricochet from absolute joy, to extreme anxiety, and back to joy, and end in tears (and not always the happy kind), while losing your voice in the process? Soccer can do that to you.

“La pasión del fútbol” is contagious; some even say soccer is a religion. The World Cup is the most-watched sporting event on Earth. Soccer is growing in popularity in the U.S.; it has surpassed the Super Bowl and the Olympics in popularity, generating millions of mentions on social media sites and hundreds of millions of viral video views. The USA-Portugal game attracted 24.7 million viewers across two television networks, ESPN and Univision. The ESPN audience alone — 18.2 million viewers — set a record as the largest to watch a soccer game on U.S. television. The World Cup is a stage on which countries from across the globe come together. The sport of fútbol itself is a great excuse for people of all ages, cultures, and countries to come together, whether it is by watching or playing the sport. Read More

Happy Camper (and Counselor): The Benefits of Summer Camp

girls campingA few weeks prior to my first trip to Girl Scout camp, my older brother passed away from a drug overdose. My parents debated whether it would be okay for their 11-year-old daughter to be away from home during such a difficult time for the family, but I am forever indebted to them for choosing to send me to camp. Read More

How to Reduce the High Rate of STDs among Hispanic Youth

teen girlIn June the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections World Congress (IUSTI) and the Latin American IUSTI  hosted the 14th Annual STD Prevention Conference. This conference brought together domestic and international researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in the field of sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention.

An infographic released by the CDC just prior to this conference highlights a startling statistic: 20 million new cases of STDs are reported every year in the United States. Half of these cases occur among youth ages 15-24, although they make up only 27 percent of the sexually active population. Youth of color, including Hispanics, are disproportionately affected.  Hispanic teens and young adults have syphilis rates and Chlamydia rates nearly twice that of their white counterparts, for example. Read More

A Father Who Really Knew Best

nick and dadSometime after my father died of lung cancer in September 2011, I was compelled to jot down the 20 or so maxims which were commonplace in his daily interactions with me. My father was so fond of some of his favorites that I grew weary with repetition. But not my father. The conviction in his voice never wavered.

What I did not know until much later was that the messages embedded in my father’s words were woven into my consciousness. They were and are a part of me. My attitudes, behavior, view of the world, and how I view myself in relation to the world were all profoundly influenced by a few consistent messages from a caring adult. Read More