Adolescents at Risk: Prevalence and Prevention by Joy G. Dryfoos

By Joy G. Dryfoos

Seven million youngsters--one in 4 adolescents--have basically restricted capability 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 aggravating findings during this distinct evaluation of what's identified approximately kids elderly 10 to 17 becoming up within the usa this present day. The booklet explores 4 areas of difficulty which are the topic of loads of public curiosity and social challenge: delinquency, substance abuse, teenager being pregnant, and college failure. In reading those areas of difficulty, Dryfoos has 3 ambitions: to provide a extra cogent photograph of teenagers who're vulnerable to challenge behaviors and the place they slot in society; to synthesize the adventure of courses which were profitable in altering a variety of features of those behaviors; and to suggest concepts for utilizing this data base to enforce more suitable ways to supporting kids prevail. one of the key suggestions rising from this learn are the significance of extreme person cognizance, social talents education, publicity to the realm of labor, and packaging elements in large, community-wide interventions. colleges are well-known because the focal establishment in prevention, not just in regard to aiding childrens in attaining academically, yet in giving children entry to social help and future health courses. the writer additionally proposes finished early life improvement projects on the neighborhood, kingdom and nationwide point, in keeping with courses proven to be potent in actual perform. This landmark, state of the art learn represents an necessary source for an individual drawn to the welfare and present difficulties of youngster, together with psychologists, sociologists, college directors, kingdom and federal officers, policymakers, and anxious mom and dad.

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New Mexico Health and Environment Department, New Mexico Adolescent Risks Survey, November 1985. Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Statewide Adolescent Health Study, 1987. National Adolescent Student Health Survey, National Survey Reveals Teen Behavior, Knowledge and Attitudes on Health, Sex Topics, Press Release, August 9, 1988. Csikszentmihalyi and Larson, Being Adolescent, p. 8. M. Newcomb and P. : Sage, 1988). National Adolescent Student Health Survey, Violence Factsheet. 28 High-Risk Behavior 18.

24. See L. Kaplan, Adolescence: The Farewell to Childhood (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1984), for a review of the psychological and psychoanalytic literature on adolescent development. 25. For a synthesis of the research on adolescent development, see S. Feldman and G. Elliott, At the Threshold: The Developing Adolescent (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1990). 26. Unfortunately, much of our information about adolescent development comes from studies of middle-class youngsters or small samples of either very deprived or dysfunctional youth.

However, each child who acts out does not become a juvenile delinquent. There are many other factors that predict high risk. Boys are much more likely to get into trouble than girls. The reasons are complex. , chromosome differences) and now look more toward differences in personality and socialization. While boys participate in violent behavior and aggression, girls are more likely to be involved in status offenses such as running away. Family factors such as authoritarian discipline are more likely to be antecedents of delinquent behavior among males, while severe emotional problems and depression are frequent predictors among females.

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