The Minnesota Youth Poll provides an ongoing
method by which youth in Minnesota can state their opinions,
experiences, and values regarding such issues as
youth rights, health, career aspirations, drug and alcohol
abuse, education, crime and delinquency, and government.
This Poll, in contrast to more standard opinion
polls, focuses on the meanings and frames of reference
that young people use to understand their world. Our goal
in conducting the Poll is to learn about the range of ideas
and opinions held by the wide variety of youth in Minnesota.
To preserve the richness of what the young people
said, we have not attempted to quantify their responses.
Readers will not find tables of numbers or percentages of
yes and no responses, as they would find in other opinion
polls which use standard survey research techniques.
Rather, the data is treated as themes or pictures in an
attempt to retain both "the music and lyrics" of what the
young people said.
In this issue of the Poll, young people's ideas and
concerns about delinquency and reputations are explored.
Because this topic is so broad, we have divided the
Poll into two parts. Part One focuses on how high school
students perceive "reputations' '-how reputations are acquired
and their role and impact on the lives of adolescents.
Second, the relationship between reputations and
delinquency is explored with the emphasis on how teenagers
view the causes and treatment of delinquency. Part
Two will explore specific issues about delinquency-status
offenses,juvenile prostitution, teenage runaways, violent
juvenile offenders, and youth's rights.
A new feature of this Poll is the inclusion of an international
perspective. Several schools in Ireland participated
in this Poll on reputations and delinquency, and these
findings are reported on pages 33-36.
University of Minnesota. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Minnesota Youth Poll: Youth's Views on Reputations & Delinquency.
Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station.
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