Adolescent Issues Articles
Prom is all about dresses and corsages, tuxedos and bow ties, but it’s also all too often about drinking. Prom typically kicks off the last month before graduation for high school seniors, which means that it is a time of both exceptional elation and major stress. Read More
E-cigarettes, or vaporizer pens, now have a thriving, growing and vulnerable new market here in Broward County and greater South Florida. Teens looking to experiment with drugs are increasingly using these battery-operated devices, often touted as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, to vape synthetic substances like flakka (an amphetamine-like drug similar to bath salts) and various forms of “legal weed” (such as K2 and Spice). And that has local law enforcement and health officials worried. Inhaling liquid nicotine is one thing, but vaping other less familiar and potentially more dangerous substances is another, they say. And parents of teens — especially — need to be on the alert. Read More
Shame and isolation are two unwelcome companions in the daily lives of parents of young addicts. There’s the shame of having a child who is heading for “jail, not Yale.” There’s the shame of having intensely negative feelings about the child you love. And there’s the shame of descending into dysfunctional parenting: enabling, screaming, lecturing, threatening and seething with resentment 24/7.
When Phil and Donna Satow lost their son, Jed, to suicide in 1998, they met with the president of the college he’d been attending to try to gain some understanding. Were there suicide prevention programs their son might have turned to, they asked. There was a counseling service, the president said, but it was shared among 35,000 students. “What would you have me do?” he asked. Read More
Hazing can degrade, demean and sometimes destroy. Yet it still flourishes on campuses, in sports organizations, in the workplace, in the military — anywhere people create a group.
A British study has uncovered a possible connection between teen drinking and exposure to scenes of alcohol consumption in popular movies. These findings cry out for replication, but it is notable that even after adjustments were made to compensate for other determining factors, evidence suggesting a cause-and-effect relationship remained.
When your kids go back to school after summer break, you want to prepare them in every way possible. Fall clothes? Check.School supplies? Check. But if your child is starting to use drugs or alcohol, all of your hopes for a successful school year could be crushed before classes even start.
Drinking too much and any smoking at all are bad habits for anyone. For teens, though, drinking and smoking are particularly problematic. Starting such negative habits at an early age can cause heavy damage to the developing brain and body. Read More
About 15 million adolescents do not get enough sleep, various sleep studies have found, and researchers believe that biology is at least partly to blame because of the evidence that teen brains are programmed to fall asleep later and also to wake later.
As they grow older, children naturally develop increasing levels of mastery over the skills required for verbal communication. However, some children experience a greater advancement of their verbal skills than others. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, researchers from the U.S. and Finland investigated the connection between the advanced development of verbal skills in early childhood and the risk for teen alcohol abuse. These researchers also investigated the connection between the development of advanced verbal skills in the earlier stages of childhood and teenagers’ chances of consuming alcohol frequently and getting drunk.
Drug abuse is a well-known issue for a substantial minority of teenagers living in the U.S. and in many other countries. Possible consequences of this abuse include disrupted growth and development, conduct problems at home or in the classroom, increased involvement in risky behavior and increased chances of underperforming in school or dropping out of school. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from several Canadian institutions examined the connection between preteen drug abuse, teen drug abuse and school-related difficulties. These researchers found that drug use in middle school increases the risks for certain negative outcomes in school.
Having the serious talks with your kids isn’t easy. Talking to your teen about sex, peer pressure, drugs, drinking and other issues can be awkward and many parents avoid it. But as daunting as the task may be, do not skip these conversations. Teens whose parents talk to them about drinking are much more likely to be safe and to make good choices than those whose parents never address the subject. Read More