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Initial results on long-term survey on disadvantaged youth revealed

Initial results on long-term survey on disadvantaged youth revealed

Taipei, Sept. 10 (CNA) A local foundation released on Friday the initial results of Taiwan's first long-term research project tracking psychological and physical issues related to disadvantaged children and young people.
At a press conference held to launch his group's online database, Taiwan Fund for Children and Families CEO Wang Ming-jen said the group conceived the nationwide project in June 2008 to identify the real needs of the country's marginalized youth and better assist them in the future.
The results divulged Friday came from the project's first survey, which was conducted in July 2009 among 6,427 people ranging from 7 to 22 years of age randomly selected from the more than 40,000 that the foundation was helping at the time.
Among the results of the survey, as many as 90 percent of respondents thought going to learning centers after school would improve their academic performance, but 70 percent said they could not afford them.
The survey also found that over a quarter (27 percent) need psychological counseling, 27.3 percent need tutoring or financial aid for tutors, and nearly 15 percent of the respondents' families need medical, emergency and social welfare resources, the foundation said.
These are all areas where future assistance will have to be directed, Wang said.
The survey also found that 97 percent of respondents believed that hard work and perseverance could help them fulfill their dreams, said Child Welfare Bureau official Huang Chen-jung, and 83 percent felt they had special talents in areas such as sports and music.
The foundation said it will continue tracking the same group every two years to renew the database and better identify measures needed to help Taiwan's disadvantaged children and youth.
(By Chen Li-ting and C.Y. Lin)




Updated : 2021-04-23 20:25 GMT+08:00