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ERIC Number: ED507782
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 44
Reducing the Teen Death Rate. KIDS COUNT Indicator Brief
Shore, Rima; Shore, Barbara
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Life continues to hold considerable risk for adolescents in the United States. In 2006, the teen death rate stood at 64 deaths per 100,000 teens (13,739 teens) (KIDS COUNT Data Center, 2009). Although it has declined by 4 percent since 2000, the rate of teen death in this country remains substantially higher than in many peer nations, based largely on higher rates for the three most prevalent causes of death among adolescents and young adults: motor vehicle accidents, homicide and suicide (Institute of Medicine, 2008). A range of risky behaviors contribute to teens' risk of injury and disease, including alcohol and drug use and risky sexual behaviors. To be sure, reducing the teen death rate will require strategies that make accidents and excess less likely. Complicating the challenge is a wide gap between the realities of teens and the perceptions of adults--who grossly underestimate adolescents' risk-taking behaviors (Action for Children North Carolina, 2006). Prevention efforts must tackle the key risk factors facing adolescents, while also supporting the important adults in teens' lives and addressing the underlying causes of this nation's high teen mortality rates. This "KIDS COUNT Indicator Brief" offers broad strategies that: (1) Focus intensively on motor vehicle safety; (2) Support policies and programs aimed at preventing teen violence; (3) Address teen suicide by bolstering the capacity of families and communities to recognize and treat teens in emotional distress; (4) Support adults who play significant roles in the lives of teens; (5) Strengthen the capacity of families and communities to support teens' healthy development; and (6) Strengthen understanding of the teen years. (Lists 9 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Identifiers - Location: United States