The main gynecological risks to adolescent girls relate to early onset of sexual activity. The age at first sexual intercourse has been declining in many countries, with some reports indicating 30 per cent of adolescents have had sex before the age of 16. This predisposes them to sexually transmitted infections including HIV, teenage pregnancy with consequential unsafe abortions, unplanned motherhood and social exclusion.
World of Youth
Youth related news articles from across the world.
Sep 30 2012 - 7:33pm
Sep 30 2012 - 7:30pm
Forty percent of mothers believe that trying to ban children from even tasting alcohol will only make it more appealing (the so-called "forbidden fruit" theory). In addition, 33 percent of third graders in the study had already had beer, wine or other alcohol. “This finding indicates that many parents mistakenly expect that the way children drink at home, under parental supervision, will be replicated when children are with peers,” public health analyst Christine Jackson, a leader of the study,
Sep 30 2012 - 7:28pm
"What we really wanted to know is, is there a link between sexting and taking risks with your body? And the answer is a pretty resounding 'yes.'" For Rice's study, published online in the Sept. 17 issue of Pediatrics, he and his team looked at survey data from more than 1,800 Los Angeles-area teens between grades nine and 12, who were part of a nationally representative Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study of youth-risk behaviors.
Sep 16 2012 - 6:54pm
Autobiographical stories tell us details about adolescent psychology that questionnaires and observations of behavior cannot," said Jennifer Bohanek, assistant professor of psychological sciences in the College of Arts and Science. "Narratives provide information about how adolescents interpret memories as well as how they come to know themselves. Other people then come to know the teens by the stories they tell about themselves. The differences between study participants' stories suggest there
Sep 16 2012 - 6:54pm
The study, which draws information from a decade-long examination of “adolescents receiving special education services” done on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education, shows that 46.3% -- or nearly half -- of young men and women with ASDs are victims of bullying, while 14.8% engage in “perpetration” themselves. Another 8.9% fall into both categories simultaneously (“victimization/perpetration”).
Sep 16 2012 - 6:52pm
Adolescence is a time of immense growth in the brain, specifically in the areas that affect impulse control and decision-making activities. Teens are now able to engage in abstract thinking, but not all of the time. They also often live in the moment, so they don’t always know why they do the things they do. This is normal development.
Sep 3 2012 - 8:46am
With the Dunedin study data, researchers could compare subjects’ IQ scores from age 13, before they began using any drugs, with their scores at age 38, and they could also eliminate confounding factors like education level and other drug and alcohol use. They found that those who used pot heavily showed a significant decline in IQ, particularly if they began during adolescence. The most frequent users experienced the most damage. And cutting down on marijuana after adolescence did nothing to all
Sep 3 2012 - 8:44am
It used to be, too, that adolescents couldn't wait to grow up, to take on the mantle of adult life. Now, it seems they are in no hurry to move out of childhood - ever. When you hear that "boys" of 30 are still playing video games just like any 15-year-old, you wonder what 40 is going to look like for them. Much blurring of long-established lines is going on here, for at the same time that 20-somethings are behaving as though they're entitled to be big babies forever, actual children are being tr
Sep 3 2012 - 8:42am
Trauma comes in all forms, and whether the trauma young people in foster care experience is defined by physical or sexual abuse, moving from place to place, being separated from siblings and other loved ones, or living in a disjointed system -- its impact can be devastating. Without access to a supportive family or network, young people in foster care -- especially those who abruptly age out of the foster care system -- don't have the same opportunity to recover and move on.
Aug 6 2012 - 9:47am
The researchers found, on the one hand, a strong pathway from child and adolescent social connectedness to adult well-being. This illustrates the enduring significance of positive social relationships over the lifespan to adulthood. On the other hand, the pathway from early language development, through adolescent academic achievement, to adult well-being was weak, which is in line with existing research showing a lack of association between socioeconomic prosperity and happiness.