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Problems teenagers face today

It is an old cliché now that the teenage years are the most trying ones for both the teenager and the parents. The transition from childhood to adulthood is fraught with physical, emotional, mental and psychological changes. Teenage problems are now compounded by the challenges facing society today. The life experiences encountered between the ages of 12 and 20, burgeoning emotional and sexual feelings; physiological development of secondary sexual characteristics; entry into the order of society through individual and group affiliations, leave a lasting impression. Some of the difficulties facing teenagers have to do with drugs, (its availability and effects on development), threat and high incidence of HIV and AIDS, violence and gang-related violence and depression. These have deep effects on the physical, emotional and cognitive development of teenagers. Although statistics show that fewer teenagers are smoking marijuana and that their attitudes and perceptions are more positive, the use of the drug ecstasy and the "club drugs" associated with rave parties is still too high amongst teenagers. Some studies report 5 –12 % of 8th –12th graders using ecstasy. Adults are faced with an additional problem of curbing the availability of these drugs that are now easily obtained even on the internet. The drug and alcohol abuse is sometimes connected to risky sexual behaviors in teenagers. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that by 12th grade approximately 75% of the students have had sexual intercourse, with less than half using condoms. The Kaiser Family Foundation states that approximately 25% of all people living with HIV became infected when they were in their teens, and that the number of adolescents with AIDS in the United States has increased more than seven fold in the past decade. Teenagers generally expressed greater concern about becoming infected than adults. The issue ...

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