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Understanding Your Teen Archives
  1. Females who hit puberty early may experience social and/or behavioral issues earlier. Researchers were able to link early puberty with an increase in social/behavioral issues, substance abuse, multiple sexual partners, criminal behavior, and problems with family relationships. For a small group of early maturers, some problems still persisted nearly a decade after the start of the adolescent/puberty transition.     .  (2010)                                                                                                                                                                     

  2. Teens Look To Parents To Be Role Models in distinguishing Right from Wrong                                                                                  Fifty-four percent of teens consider one of their parents to be their role model. (2009)                                                                                                                    

  3. Couples Cohabiting Before Engagement and Marriage Demonstrate Lower Marital Satisfaction and Greater Potential for Divorce.                                                                                                                                                                                         Deciding to marry only after having lived together is a risk factor for having more problems in marriage (“the cohabitation effect”). (2009)                                         

  4. Exposure to Sexual Content on TV Leads to More Teen Pregnancies                                                                                     Teens who are exposed to large amounts of sexual content on TV are more than twice as likely to be involved in an unplanned pregnancy than those with minimal exposure. (2008)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

  5. Teen Birth Rate Increasing                                                                                                                                                                                                      In 2006, the birthrate was a reported 22 births per 1,000 young girls between the ages of 15-17. This is the first birth rate increase in this measure that the United States has seen since 1991. (2008)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  6. Teens' Brain Growth and Behavior Linked
    Some Teens Emotions are Developing Faster Than the Parts of Their Brains that Manage Those Emotions.  (2008)
  7. Key to Teen Social Success Found
    A new study from the University of Virginia suggests that the way teens view their popularity is as equally important as their true social standing.(2008)
  8. Adolescent Girls Who Feel Unpopular Are More Likely to Gain Weight
    Adolescent girls who placed themselves on the low end of the school subjective social status scale had a 69% increased odds of having a 2-unit increase in BMI. (2008)
  9. Teens Whose Parents Are Divorced Have a Greater Chance of Experiencing a Premarital Pregnancy Than Teens With MarriedParents.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Teens whose parents stay together are only half as likely to experience a premarital pregnancy as teens from divorced families. (2007)
  10. Maternal Depression Can Lead to Behavioral Problems in Children; Father Involvement Can Help                                      Studies have shown that children of depressed mothers have more disruptive and depressive symptoms than those of non-depressed mothers. However, if the father compensates for the limitations on the depressed mother’s parenting, the child’s risk of problematic behaviors may be reduced in the future. (2007)

  11. Exposure to Smoking in Movies Predicts Risk of Becoming an Established Smoker Exposure to smoking in movies by adolescents predicts a risk of becoming an established smoker, an outcome linked with adult dependent smoking and its associated morbidity and mortality.  (2007)
  12. Sexualization of Girls Has Many Negative Consequences
    The sexualization of girls, which occurs in a variety of manners (including through media and toys), has negative cognitive, emotional, physical, sexual, and social consequences. (2007)

  13. Parents Make Teens Happy
    Most young people find that their relationship with their parents makes them happy and many also view one or both of their parents as heroes. (2007)
  14. Teens: Sex Now Leads to Unhappiness
    Many young people indicate that being sexually active leads to less happiness, especially in the long run. (2007)

  15. Teenage Births May Run in the Family
    Adolescent girls whose sisters experienced a teenage birth are more likely to also experience a teenage birth themselves. (2007)
  16. TV's Family Hour Has More Violence and Sexual Content than Ever  
    Primetime network family hour programming contains an average of once instance of objectionable content every 3.5 minutes of non-commercial airtime. Since 2000-2001, violence in the family hour has increased by 52.4% and the among of sexual content has increased by 22.1%. (September 2007)
  17. Degrading Sexual Lyrics May Increase Teen’s Sexual Behavior
    American teens listen to between 1.5 to 2.5 hours of music a day and researchers have found that music with degrading sexual lyrics has been linked to early sexual behavior.(2006)  
  18. Nonresident Father Involvement Reduces Risk of Smoking in Their Adolescents (2006)                                                             Adolescents from divorced and/or separated households are more likely to smoke than their peers from intact families. The results of this study suggest that involvement with nonresident fathers decreases the likelihood that adolescents will begin smoking on a regular basis.

  19. Children Living with Married Biological Parents Have Less Behavioral Issues  (2006)

    Studies have found that compared to children who live with two married biological parents, children who live apart from their fathers are generally more likely to be suspended from school, participate in delinquent activities, experience depression and anxiety, and report various behavioral problems.

  20. 2hrs a Day of TV + No Parental Supervision = Increased Teen Sex
    Watching television for two or more hours per day and a lack of parental regulation of television programming are each associated with an increased risk of initiating sexual intercourse among adolescents. (2006)
  21. Teens Desire for Sex Driven by Expectation of Intimacy
    Many teenagers think that sex will satisfy their goals of intimacy, sexual pleasure, and social status. Programs to prevent teen pregnancy and STDs may be more successful if they acknowledge the relationship goals of adolescents and address other ways to express sexuality and attain relationship goals. (2006)
  22. Sex in Media Accelerates Sexual Activity (2006)
    Exposure to sexual content in music, movies, television, and magazines accelerates white adolescents’ sexual activity and increases their risk of engaging in early sexual intercourse.
  23. Friends' Religiosity Associated with Delayed First Sex of Religious and Secular Youth
    Study found that friends' religiosity is associated with delayed first sex of religious and secular youth. Additionally, the strength of the relationship between friends' religiosity and first sex depends on the extent to which an adolescent's friends are friends of each other. (2006)

  24. Many Teens Describe Relationship with Parents as Excellent
    In a recent poll, a majority of teens described their relationship with their parents as being excellent, better than with their teachers or classmates or siblings. A majority described their parents as being very involved in their lives and knowing just about everything that went on, while fewer than 10% described their parents as uninvolved and clueless. (July 31, 2005)
  25. Teens' Brain Not Fully Developed
    What was once blamed on as being “raging hormones” in teens is now being seen as the by-product of two factors: an excess amount of hormones and a lack of the cognitive controls needed for mature behavior. According to recent research findings, the brain isn’t fully mature until a person reaches about 25 years of age. (May 2, 2004)

  26. Sexual Content on TV Leads Teens to Initiate Sex Sooner
    Studies suggest that portrayals of sex on entertainment television may contribute to adolescent sex and quicken adolescent sexual initiation. Adolescents who view more sexual content on television are more likely to initiate intercourse and progress to more advanced non-coital sexual activities. (September 2004)
  27. Change in Family Situations and Being Born Out of Wedlock Increases the Risk of First Premarital Intercourse
    Findings show that experiencing more family transitions and being born out of wedlock place women at an increased risk for first premarital intercourse. (2003)
  28. Sexual Content on TV Confusing Kids
    There is an abundance of sexual content on television shows that air during the early evening hours, often termed the “family hour,” a time that is particularly popular with younger children. Children appear to be picking up the sexual information presented to them on television-taking away confused messages when programs send mixed signals and clearer messages when shows offer a more straightforward perspective. (2003)

  29. Third Leading Cause of Death for Teens
    Suicide ranks as the third leading cause of death for young people (ages 15-19 and 15-29). Many teenagers may display suicidal signals such as depression, aggressive behavior, family instability, and thoughts of death and dying. (2003)

  30. Smoking in Movies Leads to Smoking Among Adolescents
    Viewing smoking in movies strongly predicts whether or not adolescents initiate smoking, and the effect increases significantly with greater exposure. Adolescents who view the most smoking in movies are almost three times more likely to initiate smoking than those with the least amount of exposure. (July 26, 2003)
  31. Divorce or Remarriage Increases Teen Sex
    Study found that low levels of parental monitoring after a divorce or remarriage are associated with higher levels of externalizing behaviors such as the use of tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana, carrying a weapon, physical fighting, and more frequent intercourse among teenagers. (2002)
  32. Separation by Parents Effect Son's & Daughter's Depression Differently
    Both mothers and fathers make unique contributions to their children's well-being. Increased attention needs to be placed on these contributions and how parental separation effects these contributions on children. (2002)
  33. Latino Mothers Generally Delay Talking to their Adolescents about Sex
    Latino-American children talk less about sexual topics at home than European-American adolescents.  Mothers who were more worried that their children had come into contact with HIV talked more about sexual intercourse and contraceptives with their children than did mothers who did not share these concerns. (2001)
  34. One-fifth of Teens Suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder
    Nearly one-fifth of the nation’s teens are suffering from emotional disorders. About 15% of adolescents face social anxiety disorder (SAD), which has a strong genetic link. Some of the triggers that lead to SAD are 1) overly critical and controlling parents, 2) peer rejection, 3) being bullied or teased, and 4) a traumatic social situation. (2001)

  35. Youth Face Potential Health Risks During Developmental Stages
    During a developmental stage of great physical health, many youth are facing a number of problems that have negative health outcomes. Violence, suicide, and teenage pregnancy continue to be a problem for many young people (1997)

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