Teen Rebellion: Expressing Individuality or High-Risk Behavior?
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Causes of Sexual Promiscuity in Teens

Causes of Sexual Promiscuity in Teens | Teen Rebellion: Expressing Individuality or High-Risk Behavior? | Scoop.it
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Sexual promiscuity continues to be a source of teen rebellion.  STD's and unwanted pregnancies are long known to be consequences of this activity.  It can also be indicitive of a deeply-rooted family issue or emotional disorder.  Are the exposure of our youth to current role models and the saturation of more mature content in media influencing this problem?

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Teen OTC drug abuse can lead to problems - Huntington Herald Dispatch

Teen OTC drug abuse can lead to problems Huntington Herald Dispatch While most parents are well aware of the dangers of illicit drugs like marijuana and heroin, research now shows that, after marijuana and alcohol, prescription and over-the-counter...
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Why bother buying from a drug dealer when you can raid your aunt's or your friend's parent's medicine cabinet?  OTC and prescription drug abuse is more prevalent than many think.  OTC and prescription drugs are the most abused substances by those 14 and above, topped only by marijuana and alcohol.  Does the ever-increasing myriad of new drug choices have an impact on this problem?

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Teen Dating Violence Linked to Substance Abuse, Depression - MedicineNet

Teen Dating Violence Linked to Substance Abuse, Depression - MedicineNet | Teen Rebellion: Expressing Individuality or High-Risk Behavior? | Scoop.it
Teens in abusive relationships may be more likely to develop emotional problems and substance abuse issues as they age, a new study suggests.
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Studies show that teens who are involved in unhealthly dating relationships were more likely to participate in risky behaviors later in life, such as suicide or substance abuse.  It is interesting that teens who had loved ones that modeled healthly relationships were positively influenced in their own relationships.  Perhaps there is a correlation between the increasing divorce rate and teenage behavior?

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Duke Opening New Center To Study Teen Substance Abuse - WUNC

Duke Opening New Center To Study Teen Substance Abuse - WUNC | Teen Rebellion: Expressing Individuality or High-Risk Behavior? | Scoop.it
Duke Opening New Center To Study Teen Substance Abuse
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Duke University is opening a new center dedicated to research on how to curb teen substance abuse.
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Teenagers will frequently turn to substance abuse when giving in to peer pressure and to feel like they are part of "the group."  I find it interesting that Scientists are mapping brain patterns in teens looking for ways to explain risky behavior.

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Teen tattoos: Easy to get, easier to regret

Teen tattoos: Easy to get, easier to regret | Teen Rebellion: Expressing Individuality or High-Risk Behavior? | Scoop.it
My friend's daughter, Becky (not her real name), is a radiant, outgoing high school senior who is planning to go to nursing school like her mom. Over the years I've watched her grow into a strikingly beautiful young woman...
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One of the most popular ways to express one's individuality is to get a tattoo or piercing.  This article talks about the increasing popularity of tattoos in the younger demographic groups.  Even with laws in place to prevent minors from getting tattoos, as with many other types of risky behavior, teens find a way around them.  The risk of infection and even a possible cancer risk are not enough to scare and deter teens.

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Taylor Swift, One Direction, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus and more nominated in new Teen Choice Awards 2013 categories | Sugarscape

Taylor Swift, One Direction, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus and more nominated in new Teen Choice Awards 2013 categories | Sugarscape | Teen Rebellion: Expressing Individuality or High-Risk Behavior? | Scoop.it
The second wave of nominations are in...
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The fact that teens have role models such as these is a reflection of the type of peer pressure teens are subjected to via media.  Teens are bombarded with images of perfect bodies, tattoos, piercings, substance abuse, and general bad behavior.  Should we be surprised that teens are tending to make the choices they do with this sort of influence in all media?

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Prison ordered for teen who caused fatal wreck while texting - Kansas City Star

Prison ordered for teen who caused fatal wreck while texting - Kansas City Star | Teen Rebellion: Expressing Individuality or High-Risk Behavior? | Scoop.it
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Prison ordered for teen who caused fatal wreck while texting
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Originally, Platte County authorities and the victim's family wanted to show leniency to a teen who caused a fatal texting-while-driving traffic crash.
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Despite laws prohibiting texting and driving, many teenagers still participate in risky driving behaviors.  Despite the obvious effects of such risky behavior, teens still participate in activities that put themselves and others in danger.  This young lady was going to receive leniency from the courts, but violated her probation and received a harsher punishment.

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