By Joy G. Dryfoos;Carol Barkin

Of the 33 million teens within the usa, nearly 10 million are vulnerable to failing to turn into dependable adults. They attend faculties that don't serve their wishes, lack the aid of worrying adults, and, for this reason, are alienated from mainstream society. African-American and Hispanic kids, more and more segregated in deprived neighborhoods, are quite vulnerable.

In Adolescence: growing to be Up in the US Today, a follow-up to pleasure Dryfoos's landmark quantity, Adolescents at Risk (OUP, 1991), pleasure Dryfoos and Carol Barkin take a detailed examine the lives of adolescents, determine a few of their difficulties, and current options in keeping with state of the art prevention and remedy concepts. They research very important matters in young people' lives--sex, violence, medicinal drugs, wellbeing and fitness, psychological overall healthiness, and schooling. Reviewing winning prevention courses and coverage reviews, Dryfoos and Barkin exhibit that we all know what to do to avoid high-risk behaviors: adolescents have to determine relationships with adults; mom and dad must be concerned about their kid's lives; and courses must be finished, delicate to cultural alterations, and staffed through hugely educated personnel.

Dryfoos and Barkin argue that turning our backs on teenagers will result in nerve-racking results: the success hole will develop, results will irritate, university structures will fight with the turning out to be disparities, and we as a kingdom will fall in the back of the remainder of the area in our capability to teach our early life. If, notwithstanding, we choose that we'd like a greater caliber of existence for our youngsters, we'll insure that each younger individual has entry to a very good schooling. colleges, formative years staff, and fogeys can't on my own supply a greater caliber of existence for our youth, yet every one needs to play an incredible position, and all needs to interact. delivering a roadmap for the advance and implementation of sound rules for American youngsters within the twenty-first century, this quantity is a must-read for an individual attracted to the way forward for our nation's formative years.

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Sex Education "Students enrolled in federally funded abstinence-only sex education programs are misinformed about science, deprived of vital health information, and exposed to gender stereotypes and religious dogma. . ,"13 No evidence has been generated to show that sex education "causes" teens to have sexual intercourse, nor are there evaluations that show that abstinenceonly sex education programs prevent teen pregnancy. 14 Here is one example from the Waxman Report: Curriculum: WAIT Training, by Abstinence and Relationship Training Center: Passage lists tears and sweat as "at-risk" substances for HIV transmission.

Cfm&ContentID=11335 (accessed December 17,2004). 10. html (accessed July 28,2004). 11. Laura D. Lindberg, Scott Boggess, and Sean Williams, Multiple Threats: The Cooccurrence of Teen Health Risk Behaviors, Urban Institute Research Report, http://www. html (accessed October 28, 2004). 23 This page intentionally left blank SEX At Shoemaker High School they use an abstinence-only course popular across Texas called Worth the Wait—a trademarked brand. . " [a teacher] asked the class. "Abstinence," they chorused.

Participants seemed to do better and feel more engaged in school, to get involved in fewer violent acts, and to drink less heavily. Furthermore, the research team noted that the effects were greater for children in poverty and for African Americans. These outcomes help to make the case for both early intervention and comprehensive programs that reach children through their parents and their teachers. ) HIV/STD Education Focus: Safer Choices Safer Choices is a school-based teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease prevention program that largely targets sexually experienced teens in 9th and 10th grades.

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