Recent Trends in the Well-Being of Children in the United States and Their Implications for Public Policy

Publication Date:

January 1, 1988

This chapter appraises trends in children’s well-being in the United States¬†since the 1960s. It begins by reviewing changes in the size and composition of the child population It then examines recent trends in measures of children’s well-being, including indicators of children’s economic well-being, physical health, academic achievement, social behavior and attitudes, and emotional well-being. Finally, it discusses some of the implications of these trends for government policies on children and families.