Indicators of Child, Family, and Community Connections. School supportiveness

08/01/2004

In the 1995-96 school year, 47 percent of youth in grades 7-12 perceived their school to be supportive. Foreign-born youth were more likely than native-born youth to feel that their school environment was supportive. Fifty-nine percent of foreign-born teens viewed their school as supportive, compared with 47 percent of native-born teens. Racial and ethnic differences in students' perceptions of their school environments reflect this same pattern. Specifically, Hispanic teens, who are more likely to be foreign-born, reported slightly higher levels of school supportiveness (52 percent) than non-Hispanic whites (48 percent), non-Hispanic blacks (45 percent), Native Americans (38 percent), or teens of other races (39 percent).

Percentage of youth who perceive their school to be supportive,
by immigrant status: 1995-1996

Percentage of youth who perceive their school to be supportive, by immigrant status: 1995-1996. See text for explanation.

Source: Child Trends' analyses of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health Wave 1, 1995-1996.

  Percent
Table 16b.
Percentage of youth(a) who perceive their school to be supportive,
by selected characteristics:(b) 1995-1996
Total 47.5
Race and Hispanic Origin(c)
  White, non-Hispanic 48.0
  Black, non-Hispanic 44.6
  Hispanic 51.8
  Asian 49.2
  Native American 37.8
  Other, non-Hispanic 39.4
Immigrant Status(d)
  Native-born 46.9
  Foreign-born 59.0
Type of School(e)
  Middle school 51.5
  Mixed 51.8
  High school 43.8
a. Youth in grades 7-12.
b. Perceptions of school supportiveness are based on a three-item scale including whether students have trouble getting along with teachers (reverse coded), feel like teachers treat students fairly, and feel that teachers care about them.
c. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race
d. Native-born includes U.S. citizens born in foreign countries
e. A middle school ends at or before the 9th grade. A high school begins at or after the 9th grade. A mixed school contains both middle and high school grade levels.
Source: Child Trends' analyses of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health Wave 1, 1995-1996

 

View full report

Preview
Download

"chartbook.pdf" (pdf, 1.25Mb)

Note: Documents in PDF format require the Adobe Acrobat Reader®. If you experience problems with PDF documents, please download the latest version of the Reader®