By Joy G. Dryfoos
Seven million youngsters--one in 4 adolescents--have in basic terms constrained power for turning into effective adults simply because they're at excessive possibility for encountering severe difficulties at domestic, in class, or of their groups. this can be one of many traumatic findings during this precise assessment of what's identified approximately adolescents elderly 10 to 17 starting to be up within the usa this present day. The ebook explores 4 troublesome areas which are the topic of loads of public curiosity and social situation: delinquency, substance abuse, teenager being pregnant, and college failure. In analyzing those areas of difficulty, Dryfoos has 3 ambitions: to give a extra cogent photo of kids who're prone to challenge behaviors and the place they slot in society; to synthesize the adventure of courses which were profitable in altering a variety of elements of those behaviors; and to suggest thoughts for utilizing this data base to enforce greater techniques to aiding young ones prevail. one of the key techniques rising from this learn are the significance of excessive person realization, social abilities education, publicity to the realm of labor, and packaging elements in huge, community-wide interventions. colleges are well-known because the focal establishment in prevention, not just in regard to aiding young children in achieving academically, yet in giving youth entry to social aid and overall healthiness courses. the writer additionally proposes entire formative years improvement tasks on the neighborhood, nation and nationwide point, in accordance with courses proven to be potent in actual perform. This landmark, state of the art research represents an necessary source for somebody attracted to the welfare and present difficulties of teen, together with psychologists, sociologists, institution directors, nation and federal officers, policymakers, and anxious mom and dad.
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Also, one in five AIDS cases are aged 20 to 29 (10,434 cases), indicating that they probably contracted the disease while still in their teen years. 22 Repeated surveys have shown that teenagers know a lot about AIDS, at least as much as adults, but that they have not changed their behavior in regard to the use of condoms. Although media attention has focused heavily on the AIDS epidemic, teenagers have been experiencing escalating rates of other sexually transmitted diseases (STD). 23 Chlamydia (an infection of the urinary tract or vagina) is the most frequently diagnosed STD among adolescents, followed by gonorrhea, genital warts, herpes, and syphilis.
9-13; B. Sommer, "Truancy in Early Adolescents," Journal of Early Adolescence 5(1985): 145-60; D. Kandel, O. SimchaFagan, and M. Davies, "Risk Factors for Delinquency and Illicit Drug Use from Adolescence to Young Adulthood," Journal of Drug Issues 16(1986): 67-90. ously neglects the child from the early years on. Incarcerated delinquents report excessively high rates of physical abuse, abandonment, severe parental punishment, and neglect. Girls who become delinquent frequently come from stressful home environments where sexual abuse is rampant.
See, for example, B. Lefkowitz, Tough Change: Growing up on Your Own in America (New York: Free Press, 1987), for portraits of disadvantaged youth; S. Littwin, The Postponed Generation: Why American Youth Are Growing up Later (New York: Wil- A Description of Adolescents in the United States 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 27 Ham Morrow, 1986), for personalized accounts from interviews with youth; M. Csikszentmihalyi and R. Larson, Being Adolescent: Conflict and Growth in the Teenage Years (New York: Basic Books, 1984), for a detailed portrait of the daily lives of 75 adolescents.
Adolescents at Risk: Prevalence and Prevention by Joy G. Dryfoos