Today's teens are having less sex, doing fewer drugs, and drinking less alcohol than they ever have before—but mental health and suicide remain a concern, Margot Sanger-Katz and Aaron Carroll write for the New York Times ' "The Upshot. How to design a substance use disorder SUD treatment facility. According to CDC data, the number of teenagers who report having had sex has declined since , Sanger-Katz and Carroll write. CDC data show similar declines in students reporting having sexual intercourse at least once among all high school grade levels.
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Teenage dramas have typically presented a soapy view of high school, with more sex, drugs and wild behavior than in real life. The show suggests that our modern society, with its smartphone dating apps, internet pornography and designer drugs, has made teenage life more extreme and dangerous than ever before. They smoke less, and they use fewer hard drugs. They get in fewer car accidents and fewer physical fights. They are less likely to drop out of high school, less likely to have sex, and less likely to become pregnant.
Experts say adolescents should be made aware of how using drugs and alcohol can lead to sexual activities that may change their lives forever. While drinking and having sex may be unofficially authorized milestones in the typical American teen's coming of age, a new study reveals that more and more adolescents are experimenting with both, leaving themselves susceptible to pregnancy, disease and violence. In a random survey of 1, adolescents and young adults ages 13 to 24 throughout the United States, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 81 percent reported that they have had intercourse, and 50 percent agreed that "people their age" mix alcohol and drugs "a lot. Experts say these findings, to be presented today at a substance abuse and sexual behavior conference at Columbia University in New York, are so disturbing because drugs and alcohol can significantly compromise one's judgment and put teens into high-risk situations.
Michael J. Bradley, EdD, award-winning author, has counseled adolescents and their parents for over 30 years and currently has a private practice in suburban Philadelphia. As a recognized specialist in adolescent behavior and parenting, Dr. Bradley is in demand as a speaker and facilitator for mental health professionals, educators, and parenting groups.