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AdolescenceGrowing Up in America Today$
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Joy G. Dryfoos and Carol Barkin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179613

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179613.001.0001

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Why Look at Teens in the 21st Century?

Why Look at Teens in the 21st Century?

(p.2) (p.3) Chapter One Why Look at Teens in the 21st Century?

Joy G. Dryfoos

Carol Barkin

Oxford University Press

This book documents the current status of American youth and suggests improvements that can be made in both programs and policies. It also shows the high cost of doing nothing to buck the trends and allowing millions of young people to go down the drain. If they do not succeed, neither will the society. It sets the stage for developing and implementing sound policies for American youth in the twenty-first century. It begins with basic data about drugs, sex, and violence and about health, mental health, and education. The book presents brief portraits of selected programs that have been shown to be effective and analyzes the common strands that run through all of them. The last part of the book is devoted to two scenarios: first, a worst-case scenario based on views of some negative trends in the United States; and then, a rosier picture of what life could be like for American teenagers in the future, the best case built on knowledge of what works.

Keywords:   United States, youth, drugs, sex, violence, health, mental health, education, teenagers

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