ERIC Number: EJ808840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug-8
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Youth Bashing Gets Old
Ferguson, Christopher J.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n48 pB5 Aug 2008
A perennial talking point of politicians and scientists, since the time of the Greeks, is to lament how American youth are sliding into moral decrepitude, lawlessness, and poor mental health. Indeed, to hear some observers talk, particularly in this election year, young people in the United States are being battered by a coarsened culture that celebrates violence and irresponsible sexuality, placing them at greater risk than ever before of a wide variety of social maladies. Though compelling, this narrative of decline is false. In this article, the author contends that according to several significant indicators, today's youth are actually faring much better than did other recent generations: They are less violent, less suicidal, less likely to use drugs and alcohol, and less likely to experience teen pregnancy (despite a small increase in teen pregnancies in 2006, they remain much lower than in 1991).
Descriptors: Pregnancy, Sexuality, Youth, Violence, Cultural Influences, Popular Culture, At Risk Persons, Substance Abuse, Early Parenthood, Adolescents, Well Being, Social Indicators, Racial Differences, Gender Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: United States