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Protective factors are conditions or attributes of individuals, families, communities, or the larger society that can promote well-being by serving as "buffers" to the effects of risk exposure and helping individuals and families negotiate difficult circumstances and fare better in school, work, and life.
This data present a sobering picture of the labor market for teens and young adults.
A teen employment rate of 26 percent suggests that most teens are missing key learning and developmental experiences that will prepare them for the labor market and adulthood.
A recently released report “Health in Rural Missouri, Childhood Obesity” finds that 28.9% of low income 2-5 year olds in Missouri are overweight or obese, compared to a national average of 22.8%.
In 2014, nearly one in seven American households experienced food insecurity, meaning that one or more household members did not have adequate food due to insufficient money or other resources.
Lower- and middle-income families have continued to fall behind upper-income families in the 21st century. Heading into the Great Recession, lower-income families lost 6% of their wealth, edging down from $19,397 in 2001 to $18,264 in 2007.
A crucial question for future policy making is whether rising outlays on programs for the aged will squeeze out spending on programs for children, especially investments in their schooling.
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