Vulnerable Youth: Sex, Drugs, and Violence


in Safe Passage

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780195137859
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199846948 | DOI:
Vulnerable Youth: Sex, Drugs, and Violence

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This chapter focuses on specific behaviors that profoundly affect the lives of contemporary youth. It argues that young people fall into very different risk groups, a distribution heavily influenced by poverty and race. It begins with a series of snapshots of the most prevalent high-risk behaviors, such as sexual behavior, violence, and substance use. It discusses the high-risk behaviors of current students and compares the differences in vulnerability between students and dropouts. It is ironic that while so many children are failing, so many educational, health, and mental health practitioners in America are working hard in so many programs that prevent that failure.

Keywords: risky behaviors; substance use; sexual behavior; violence; poverty; race; students; dropouts

Chapter.  8239 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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