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Good Intentions

The Beliefs and Values of Teens and Tweens Today

By Kimberlee Salmond, M.P.P., Senior Researcher; Judy Schoenberg, Ed.M., Senior Researcher (New York, N.Y.: Girl Scouts of the USA, 2009). (Executive Summary, 7 pp.; Full Report, 52 pp.)

Good Intentions: The Beliefs and Values of Teens and Tweens Today (2009)Beliefs and values, and their influence on decision making, have commanded significant media and public attention in the new millennium. In particular, it has been argued that youth today are bombarded with media images of less than exemplary role models from professional athletes to politicians. But what life choices will youth make when confronted with real-life dilemmas? How different or similar are youth on ethics and moral judgment compared to youth 20 years ago?

Good Intentions: The Beliefs and Values of Teens and Tweens Today (2009), a national study conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) in partnership with Harris Interactive explores what youth today value and how they go about making decisions, based on research conducted with 3,263 3rd to 12th-graders from around the country.

This work builds on the Girl Scout Survey on the Beliefs and Moral Values of America’s Children (1989) (PDF), a national study published in 1989 by Girl Scouts of the USA, and paints an encouraging picture about a generation of youth responsible to themselves and to others, and who value diversity, acceptance, and community involvement. It also highlights the important role that adults play in helping girls to actualize their good intentions.

To find out more about the beliefs and values of youth today, order the full report of the study in English and Spanish below. For parents and volunteers, download, the tips and Executive Summary as well in English and Spanish below.

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