ERIC Number: ED386644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Adolescents At-Risk: A Literature Review of Problems, Attitudes, and Interventions.
Kuther, Tara L.
Adolescence has often been construed as a difficult period in life, consisting of storm and stress. It is estimated that 25-50% of adolescents engage in risk behaviors with negative health and behavior outcomes such as drug abuse, unwanted pregnancy, or sexually transmitted disease. Topics covered in this literature review are: (1) child maltreatment; (2) substance abuse (tobacco, alcohol, and drugs); (3) delinquency (truancy, vandalism, theft, violence, and correlates of delinquency); (4) sexually transmitted diseases; and (5) suicide. Due to the paucity of literature regarding parent attitudes towards adolescent problems, the subject is covered only in limited fashion. Following this is a discussion of adolescent attitudes toward problem behaviors. There is a growing concern that teens need to be aware of interventions available to them. However, there is little knowledge of adolescents' perceptions of these problems. Although education can teach teens what support is available, teens will not seek help if they, themselves, do not perceive a problem. More research is needed to survey adolescent attitudes toward the various high-risk behaviors, as well as determine how to promote help-seeking behaviors and positive youth development. Contains 154 references. (JBJ)
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