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NJ girls worse off than a decade ago, report claims


By Dino Flammia February 23, 2017 3:16 AM

New Jersey has lost a step since the Great Recession when it comes to the health and well-being of young girls.

In “The State of Girls,” a 2017 report from the Girl Scout Research Institute, New Jersey ranked 12th among the states for girls’ well-being. The state ranked third in 2007.

Compared to a decade ago, a higher percentage of New Jersey girls are suffering from emotional, behavioral or developmental issues, the report states. Sixteen percent of girls aged 5 to 17 are living in poverty, compared to 11 percent in 2007.

According to the report, a larger percentage of girls in the 6 to 17 range watch TV or play video games at least three hours per day, while a smaller percentage are involved in community service or volunteer work, or participate in any organized activities.

“I think that has a huge impact on how the girls are feeling and their emotional well-being,” Stacy Petti, director of recruitment for Girls Scouts of the Jersey Shore, told New Jersey 101.5.

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