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Teenagers in America Today

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“Family Matters” was the headline that caught my attention in the newspaper. That’s the name of my radio program here in California’s central valley. It was interesting enough for me to buy the paper and read the story. The article was about a recent study called The National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health, a survey of about 90,000 teenagers (age 12-18). The sub-headline was “Study debunks belief nothing works with teens.”


My first response was, “Who’s belief is that?” The reporter wrote as if a new revelation had just been handed down from heaven in the form of this study. As a result of this major study on adolescents, she wrote, we have found that “families are more important than previously thought, perhaps as important as peers. . . The primacy of peer relationships has been a widely held concept among professionals since the 1960’s.”


Yes, the reporter, and the researchers, were shocked to find out that the family is still important! “These findings offer the parents of America a blueprint for what works in protecting their kids from harm,” said Richard Udry of UNC Chapel Hill.


What is this amazing, secret blueprint that will now be revealed to you parents who are assumed to not know any better? “The most significant finding is that the teenagers who reported feeling close to their families were the least likely to engage in any of the risky behaviors studied . . . Nearly as important were high expectations from the parents for their teenager’s school performance.”


I’m stunned.

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February 19th, 2013 at 8:47 am

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