All About At-Risk Teens
The Real Deal
82 percent of new jobs demand a high school diploma.
dropouts find a job, they are at a higher risk of losing
it than those with a high school education. High school
graduates are also more likely to find full-time jobs.
indicate that while overall lethal drug abuse is down,
the use of drugs such as marijuana and methamphedemine
is up. Drinking and smoking rates among teens remain
55 percent of teenagers live at poverty levels.
of LSD and other hallucinogens is on the rise.
Emergency room visits have increased 85 percent
for marijuana use, 96% for methamphedemine
use, 58 percent for heroin use, and 19 percent for
among adolescents and young adults nearly tripled,
according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
From 2000 to 2007, suicide among American teens 15
to 19 years old rose 29 percent.
suicide rate for children 10 to 14 years old has grown
results of a survey of 16,000 high school students
conducted by the Division of Adolescent and School
Health found that 24.1 percent of them had seriously
considered attempting suicide in the previous year,
19 percent had made a specific plan and 8.6 percent,
or one in 12 students, had attempted suicide. Of those,
2.7 percent reported an attempt that required medical
have found that depression and the risk of suicide
might have biological as well as psychological causes.
Some people who are depressed have altered levels of
certain brain chemicals. For example, people who make
violent suicide attempts have reduced amounts of the
key brain chemical serotonin.
account for one-fourth of all sexually transmitted
teenage mother is more at risk of pregnancy complications
such as premature or prolonged labor, anemia and high
blood pressure. These risks are even greater for teens
that are less than 15 years old.
27 percent of all high school dropouts were pregnant.
birth rate for young teens, ages 15 to 17, is steadily
rising. The rate increased by 27 percent (from 30.5
to 38.7 per 1,000 women). Nearly four out
of 100 girls, ages 15 to 19, were teenage
an education cut short, a high school dropout may lack
the job skills required to find and keep a job and
could then become financially dependent on family members
than 50 percent of all teens have used alcohol and
drugs more than once.
to a survey conducted by the National Parents’ Resource
Institute for Drug Education, more than a quarter of
all high school seniors (26.5 percent) use an illicit
drug once a month or more.
who develop into stable young adults despite
a troubled childhood or
other adversity, in practically
all cases, have had some
caring figure or mentor
as a constant in their lives.
average high school senior will have watched more than
15,000 hours of television by the time he or she graduates.
have the greatest influence upon young Americans.
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