Research About Preteens


Putting It All Together: Guiding Principles for Quality
After-School Programs Serving Preteens (Updated Dec. 2009)

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health commissioned Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) to produce this report, which identifies characteristics of quality after-school programs that are linked to positive outcomes for preteens.
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Collecting Data From Preteens (Oct. 2007)
If you work with preteens – whether in community, school, health care, or other settings – you probably have needed to ask them questions about their feelings, behaviors, health habits, or other issues at some point. But what's the best way to get good information from this age group? The Preteen Alliance set out to answer that question by commissioning Education Training Research (ETR) to review eight common methods used to collect data from children ages 9 to 13, including surveys (computer-based, PDAs, paper and pencil), diaries, interviews (phone, in person, focus groups), and observational methods.



Study: What We Know About Local Preteens (pdf) (2006)

This study offers a first-ever examination of available data about local preteens and an initial assessment of how these children are faring. The study found that, while the majority of local preteens appear to be doing fairly well, not all the news is good, and the study documents how Latino and African American children are faring less well in a wide range of areas.






Report: San Mateo County School-Based Counselors Highlight Key Issues Affecting Preteens (pdf) (2005)
This tri-part study includes one-on-one interviews with San Mateo County school counselors and nurses, focus groups, and an Internet survey. Family problems, along with stress and anxiety, cause serious difficulties for many preteen students, school personnel say. The report also provides recommendations for improving local school counseling services.


Key Issues for Low-Income Latino Preteens in Santa Clara County (pdf) (2005)

Based on interviews with adult professionals who work with low-income Latino preteens, this report explores some of the issues affecting the emotional and behavioral health of this group of children, including both challenges and supportive factors. This study also notes the additional culturally based issues with which these preteens often must cope.



Emotional Health Top Concern for Parents of Preteens (2003)
In May 2003, the foundation conducted a survey of parents of preteens in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The survey explores what parents see as most positive in their preteens' lives, as well as what issues are most challenging. The survey focuses on preteen emotional health.