Teens & Family Issues

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Statistics show that 3,200 couples file for divorce every day in the United States, which clearly has an impact on the strength of families. Young people feel the pain -- The Gallup Organization recently reported that 75 percent of teenagers between 13 and 17 believe divorce is too easy to get. This volume will examine the influences parents and families play in the lives of young people in the United States.

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Overview

Statistics show that 3,200 couples file for divorce every day in the United States, which clearly has an impact on the strength of families. Young people feel the pain -- The Gallup Organization recently reported that 75 percent of teenagers between 13 and 17 believe divorce is too easy to get. This volume will examine the influences parents and families play in the lives of young people in the United States.

Uses data from the Gallup Youth Survey and other sources to examine the issue of teen family relationships in today's world.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greta Holt
One of the “Gallup Youth Survey: Major Issues and Trends” books, the books’ family issues, surveys, and conclusions are appropriate for discussion in schools, religious institutions, and families. Marcovitz interprets data—obtained in Gallup surveys from 2003 to 2011—for parents, urging them to be aware of children’s media involvement and school issues. Divorce receives particular attention, with fathers’ importance and responsibilities highlighted. Youth want their families to stay together, with a significant number stating that divorce is too easy to obtain. Many youth view their parents as heroes; in a hurried world, grandparents’ attention is valued, as well. Homeschooling is on the rise, yet a great deal of students view their schools as satisfactory, if not perfect, with sixteen percent giving schools a grade of A and thirty-seven percent a grade of B. For the majority, though, television and gaming are ever-present; students are hounded by media violence and sex. Twenty-five percent report drinking alcohol, and the death toll of drunk drivers is too high. An excellent glossary, and hefty sections of Internet resources and further reading are provided. Colorful pie charts, line graphs, and photographs enhance the text. Combining this book and Gallup’s youth survey of teens’ views of religion and values may be particularly enlightening. Reviewer: Greta Holt; Ages 12 up.
Children's Literature
By 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.
—Ann Philips
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
How Do Teenagers and Parents Get Along? 9
Helping Teens Make the Right Decisions 23
Irreconcilable Differences 33
Superdads 49
Unconditional Love 59
The Push for Responsible Entertainment 71
How Parents Can Influence the Schools 87
Glossary 102
Internet Resources 104
Further Reading 106
Index 107
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