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Children's LiteratureBy probing the attitudes and behaviors of young people, the "Gallup Youth Survey" series aims to help adults meet their responsibility to the nation's young. This volume opens with quotations from famous parents Ozzy Osbourne and Hillary Rodham Clinton, then examines factors that undermine the welfare of teenagers. It blends real incidents and a wealth of interesting facts into an engaging format. The overall theme is a plea from teenagers for parental guidance in dealing with today's complex issues. The author describes the many ways parents and grandparents are working for change in the media's depiction of sex and violence and in school policies ranging from curriculum to cafeteria junk food. There is one serious omission. The author highlights the emotional consequences of divorce, but avoids the issue of child abuse. Fifteen pages are devoted to the media, but violence in the home is not mentioned once in the entire text. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, between three and ten million children witness or experience domestic violence every year. The emotional, behavioral, physical, social and cognitive effects on children can be profound: boys are four times more likely to abuse their own girlfriends when older; girls are more likely to become pregnant, have eating disorders, and tolerate abusive boyfriends; and both sexes are at higher risk for alcohol and drug use, suicide attempts, criminal activity, depression, lower self esteem, and prostitution. Gallup conducts polls of family violence. Why are those statistics not included in a volume surveying major family issues affecting teens? 2004, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 11 up.