ERIC Number: ED427268
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
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A Decade Review of Selected Risky Behaviors and Attitudes of Alabama Adolescents. Summary Report.
Nagy, Stephen; Adcock, Anthony G.; Leaver-Dunn, Deidre; Elder, Craig; Jacobs, Donna P.
This report examines the behaviors and attitudes of Alabama adolescents and provides insights into changes and trends in the selected areas. Relatively few meaningful changes on risky behaviors were found. Risky health behaviors remained a serious, immediate, and future threat to the well-being of Alabama's teens. Changes were extremely modest in the areas of substance abuse, mental health measures, safety behaviors, weight control behaviors, sexual initiation, and pregnancy. One area clearly showing change was physical activity for which there was a downward trend. Given the substantial sums of money spent in the areas of prevention of substance use, violence, and promoting sexual abstinence, it appears that these efforts have not been effective in having an impact on these selected behaviors. In order to maximize the learning environment, behaviors that generally occur away from school must be addressed. This means that prevention programs must involve communities, parents, and others as well as schools. It is essential to utilize strategies and materials that are proven and scientifically tested. Specific issues in different types of programs are discussed; recommendations are provided. Healthy students make better learners; schools and communities must address comprehensive school health issues. Active leadership by state government is required. (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama