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The suicide rate in the US has been increasing for a decade. Its sharpest rise is occurring in children and teens, with the rates for 10- to 14-years-olds spiking 178% and for 15- to 19-year-olds increasing 76%. […] Read More

Vaping is everywhere, from sea to shining sea, in every hamlet, high-rise and farm, on main streets near you. The electronic cigarette fad is especially popular among young people. And parents need to be alert. […] Read More

A majority of U.S. teens hold the Bible in high regard, read it with some regularity and seek to find guidance for daily living in its pages, according to research conducted by Barna Group on behalf of the American Bible Society. “American teens sometimes get a bad rap as being uninterested or even anti-faith,” said […] Read More

We got cable in my house when I was in high school, and I was perhaps most excited to have MTV. Granted, this was the ’90s – when bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam were captivating and expressing the angst and fury of a million teenagers who felt enslaved in their suburban prisons. While I […] Read More

People who believe that young people are hopeless should have been with me June 20-26 at the 55th annual Lott Carey Youth Seminar on the campus of Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C.   Nearly 500 youth and their advisors spent a week for missional learning, serving, worship and fellowship. One of the most beautiful sights […] Read More

Whether we are parents, teachers or just adults observing teenagers at the mall or the movie theater, it is easy to give in to the sentiment that kids today are a real mess, and therefore our society is headed for trouble. Major news carriers have nothing good to say about young people. Drugs are epidemic. […] Read More

Contrary to many stereotypes, religion plays a significant role in the lives of many American teenagers, and parents’ religious beliefs have a greater influence on teens than is generally believed, according to a recent book. In Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers, University of North Carolina sociologist Christian Smith and Melinda […] Read More

Researchers hoping to test how alcohol affects sleeping in teens are coming under fire from ethicists arguing that such research puts children at risk. Brown University Medical School wants to study how drinking affects sleep by giving teenagers varying amounts of alcohol in a controlled setting, USA TODAY reported. Previous studies have shown that alcohol […] Read More

Straight-Edgers may not be walking the traditional “straight and narrow” in every way, but this breed of teen thinks it is cool to be drug-, alcohol- and smoke-free. Young punk and hardcore music fans started the trend in the 1980s, and the Straight-Edge philosophy is gaining momentum again, according to a recent report by the […] Read More

Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Feb. 26 issue that underage drinking amounted to 19.7 percent of alcohol consumed, or $22.5 billion. The report, “Alcohol Consumption and Expenditures for Underage Drinking and Adult Excessive Drinking,” makes clear that “alcohol is a premier drug […] Read More