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One in Ten Teen Drivers Has Been Drinking
The good news is that self-reported drinking and driving among high school students has dropped by over half since 1997. The bad news is that over 10% of students reported doing so in 2011. . . . keep reading
Advise Children to Choose Friends with Great Parents
It's been known for years that one's own parents are a key figure during adolescence. Another well-known major influence on adolescents is the set of friends they make. . . . keep reading
At-Risk Children, Confident About Future -- So What Goes Wrong?
The nature of inner-city youth's expectations of their future is associated with their resiliency later in life. Children under high degrees of stress are known to have better socio-emotional adjustment in adolescence if they had high expectations for success. . . . keep reading
Water Pipes
As the prevalence of cigarette smoking wanes, water-pipe smoking is becoming increasingly popular. Water pipes are also known as hookah, shisha, goza, harghile, and hubble bubble devices. In all, tobacco is burned and inhaled through a device with a pipe and a base half-filled with water . . . keep reading
Water Pipe Tobacco Smoking
A significant percentage of college students believe that water pipe (hookah) smoking is a socially-appropriate activity and that it is less addictive or harmful to one's health than cigarette smoking. Little is known about the practice and beliefs about water pipe tobacco smoking among younger adolescents. . . . keep reading
The Climate Down-Under
The two main determinants of a young adult health are the presence of risk-taking behaviors and emotional health. Both these factors are strongly influenced by what occurs at school. Effective school-based educational interventions have been found to influence student aggression and delinquency behaviors, tobacco and drug use, sexual health, and prevention and early intervention for depression and anxiety symptoms. However, despite the availability of these educational interventions for schools, implementation of all or most of them does not actually take place in most schools. . . . keep reading
Prepare For Next Rage: Zip Lines at School
The incidence of zip line injuries has increased in the past few years in in-patient and out-patient settings. Most patients sustain upper extremity injuries and many require surgical intervention. Using trauma registry data and clinic records, it was found that in 2009, the number of children with zip line injuries was higher than the number from the previous three years, combined. . . . keep reading
Middle School Youth and Risky Internet Behaviors
Youth use the Internet for information gathering and social contact, but some engage in risky behaviors or are exploited and harassed by others. This study applied an adaptation of the Youth Internet Safety (YIS) Survey to describe Internet use behaviors, including specific risk-taking behaviors, in a group of middle school students. . . . keep reading
Children who Light Fires
This article is a literature review regarding children and adolescent firesetters. Child and adolescent firesetters are a very diverse group. They have dramatic variation in their backgrounds, in their specific firesetting behaviors, as well as their motives and the extent of comorbid psychopathology. . . . keep reading
Alcohol Use in Athletes
While sports participation has healthful benefits for youth, a number of limited studies suggest that athletes engage in early, and sometimes problematic, drinking. This longitudinal study analyzed representative data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) to identify relationships between participation in school-based sports and alcohol-related behaviors and problems. . . . keep reading
Fostering Criminal Behavior (2009)
Few studies address the effectiveness of child welfare placement to protect children from long-term criminal consequences of abuse and neglect. The present study examined adult arrest patterns of children placed out of their homes following substantiated reports of abuse or neglect. . . . keep reading
Group Interventions to Prevent Pregnancy and STIs: What's the Evidence?
The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) summarized systematic reviews of research pertaining to group-based behavioral interventions for adolescents to prevent teen pregnancy, HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections (STIs). Two approaches were reviewed: 1) comprehensive risk reduction, and 2) abstinence education. . . . keep reading
Media and Children's Risk-Taking
Television cartoons and programs do not portray the resulting injuries that would realistically result from risky actions that children see. A project was designed to increase children's safety practices and reduce risky behaviors. . . . keep reading
Progress in Youth Risk Behaviors
This MMWR report summarized findings from the national YRBS survey, 40 state surveys, and 21 local surveys that were completed between late 2004 and January 2006. . . . keep reading
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