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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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Worst-Case Scenario for the Future

Worst-Case Scenario for the Future

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(p.234) (p.235) Chapter Ten Worst-Case Scenario for the Future
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Adolescence
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Joy G. Dryfoos

Carol Barkin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179613.003.0010

What will life be like in the United States in 2025 for young people? Two scenarios are presented: the first is pessimistic, the second optimistic. In the worst-case scenario, things look pretty bad. Teenagers in the future may be deprived of life options, not because of their own high-risk behaviors but because they live in a high-risk society that does not value them as individuals and offers little in the way of support. Every poll seems to give evidence of the great differences between Americans' views of their society. The country is split between those who feel that we as a nation are on the right track and those who fear that we are not. This division in opinions is true for most of the issues mentioned here: civil liberties, segregation, poverty, access to health care, public education, quality of life, and sexual behavior. This bifurcation does not bode well for the future.

Keywords:   United States, teenagers, worst-case scenario, civil liberties, poverty, segregation, health care, education, quality of life, sexual behavior

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