Quality of Life
Quality of life for teenagers is a multifaceted subject. This book has so far covered some of the more traditional parts of teenagers' lives: how they deal with sex, drugs, and violence, what kinds of health and mental health problems they experience, and, most important, what happens in school. But there is more to teen life than that. A number of other factors that influence the growth and development of young people are lumped together here as “quality of life”: One big area deals with electronics—computers (Internet and video games), television, and cell phones. Another is related to culture—reading for pleasure, music, movies, and theater. A third area is relationships—parents, peers, and others—and a fourth is “work”—teenagers in the labor force. Finally, the chapter covers attitudes—views of the world, political expressions, and community service.
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