The answer to that question, according to The Foundation for Child Development (FCD), is not well.
A new report (pdf) from The FDC reveals what many already know: children and families have been facing more and more stressors during the recession, and it’s taking its toll. The FDC’s annual Child and Youth Well-Being Index is a composite of 28 indicators in 7 domains that directly impact the overall well-being of children. The data show a measurable decline in child well-being between 2000 and 2008, and project enduring hardships through 2010. Not surprising, the Family Economic Well-Being Domain and the Health Domain saw the steepest declines.
The study finds:
- The recession will wipe out virtually all progress for children since 1975, in the Family Economic Well-being Domain.
- The rate of children living in poverty in 2010 will be the highest in 20 years.
- The number of detached youth will increase in 2010.
- Risky behaviors will increase in 2010.
- Child obesity will continue to rise, bringing down the Health Domain.