Reports & Research
Understanding Childhood Issues & Highlighting Them
Partners in Transition, 2000
Mar 01, 2000
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It’s no wonder that Americans think about adolescents almost exclusively in negative terms. Constant media exposure leaves us believing that most teens are engaging in high rates of unhealthy behaviors, such as cigarette smoking, unsafe sex and drug use. This persistent negativity makes it difficult to consider adolescence for what it is: an exciting time of development when careful negotiation of complex situations can lead to immediate and long-term positive results. With support, adolescents can fulfill the promise of their boundless energy, limitless ideas and heartfelt enthusiasm to become our country’s next generation of parents, voters, workers and leaders.