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AdolescenceGrowing Up in America Today$
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Joy G. Dryfoos and Carol Barkin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179613

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179613.001.0001

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Status of Youth Today

Status of Youth Today

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(p.14) (p.15) Chapter Two Status of Youth Today
Source:
Adolescence
Author(s):

Joy G. Dryfoos

Carol Barkin

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179613.003.0002

In the first decade of the 21st century, the United States was in a complex transition and remains in that state now. On the one hand, a conservative white-dominated autocracy promotes abstinence and religious observance as the teenage ideal; on the other hand, growing diversity in an articulate minority presses for non-traditional transformations of schools and social institutions. This book presents an unbiased account of where teenagers are and how we can help them cope with the usual problems they confront. It goes beyond drugs, sex, and violence and digs into education, health and mental health, and quality of life. First, the book reviews some basic information about population, families, and social status. It discusses teenage mobility, teenagers in foster care, poverty, rural youth, disconnected youths (high school dropouts, young parents, and juvenile delinquents), and high-risk behavior (drugs, sex, and violence) among young people.

Keywords:   United States, teenagers, youth, drugs, sex, violence, poverty, education, health, mental health

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