The most important issues affecting teenagers are comprehensively studied in the series The Gallup Youth Survey: Major Issues and Trends. Each volume is filled with relevant statistical information and fascinating stories and reports, most collected by the Gallup Youth Survey, an arm of the famed Gallup Organization, over the past five decades. For more than 70 years, The Gallup Organization has studied human nature and behavior. The Gallup Youth Survey was founded in 1977 to provide ongoing information on the opinions, beliefs, and activities of America's high school students, and to help society meet its responsibility to youth.
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* The series presents the subject matter in a well-written and easy-to-read manner with sub-headings; clear, colorful pictures with captions; and illustrated statistical data. * Students needing to write an argumentative essay could easily use these books as sources for information and data as support. * The attractiveness of the books and the nature of the subject matter are also going to attract those who have lots of questions and like to read informational books. * Highly Recommended
The Gallup Youth Survey has found that more than 80 percent of high school seniors have tried alcohol and that roughly a quarter of teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 say it is very easy for them to get alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is a contributor to the three leading causes of death for teens and young adults: automobile crashes, homicides, and suicides. This volume explores several issues facing young people, including binge drinking and cross-addiction.
Many young adults dream of getting a good education and finding a job they love. Teenagers recognize that higher education is an important key to finding a fulfilling job, although many young people are worried both about the rising cost of higher education and their future job possibilities given the current economic situation. This volume examines the choices that teens make when it comes to education and finding a career.
Experts say that in recent years there has been an epidemic of cheating among young people in the United States. Cheating is more than just students sneaking the answers to school tests; broadly defined, it is breaking the rules to get ahead. Examples of cheating today range from illegally downloading music from the internet, which cheats the artists out of royalties, to using performance-enhancing drugs to gain an athletic advantage. This book explores the ways teens cheat, examines their reasons for doing so, and discusses efforts to teach ethics to young people.
Statistics show that 3,200 couples file for divorce every day in the United States, which clearly has an impact on the strength of families. Young people feel the pain the Gallup Organization has found that 75 percent of teenagers between 13 and 17 believe divorce is too easy to get. This volume examines the influences parents and families play in the lives of young people in the United States.
Over the past few decades, landmark legal cases, medical discoveries, and movies and television shows have helped increase acceptance of homosexuality in American culture. Young peoples opinions have played an important part in this growing tolerance. Studies show that more than 60 percent of young adults consider homosexuality acceptable. This volume will examine teen attitudes toward homosexuality, issues such as gay marriage and civil unions, and the experiences of gay teens.
No issue seems to divide Americans as much as race. Nearly five decades after the adoption of federal civil rights laws, Americans are still wrestling with such issues as interracial marriage and affirmative action. Statistics show that teenagers are just as unsure of where they stand on such issues as adults. The role of race in the lives of young people is explored in this book.
Teenagers have many different kinds of relationships: with their parents and grandparents, with their brothers or sisters, with their friends, and even with romantic partners. In contrast to media portrayals of teen life, the Gallup Youth Survey indicates that the lives of most young people are not filled with angst and rebellion. This book examines American youth culture and its role in the relationships of young people, and explores how most teens view their interactions with others.
The teenage pregnancy rate has dropped in recent years, yet each year more than 320,000 teen girls in the United States give birth. This volume examines the changing attitudes of teenagers toward contraception, abstinence, sexually transmitted diseases, media influences, and other issues involving young people and sex.
Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among adolescents in the United States; in a recent study by the Gallup Youth Survey, 47 percent of teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 said they know someone who has tried to take their own lives. This volume examines the cause of teenage suicide and explores such issues as teens and guns as well as suicide rates among minorities.
The media have a great influence over the lives of young people, helping to determine how they dress, what they listen to, and how they think. This book will explore teens views and experiences with different media television, movies, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet and will examine how each has taken steps in recent years to attract a younger audience.
Teenagers have always been interested in the supernatural and paranormal. This book notes that fascination with the world of fantasy is nothing new, and examines modern groups like Wiccans and Goths. Discussion of the supernatural and the paranormal is interspersed with scientific explanations. Many other topics are covered, including angels and the End Times. The book also explores reasons why teens are fascinated with the unseen world of magic and mystery.
Most young people in the United States today are willing to give something back to their communities. A recent report showed that each year an estimated 13 million teenagers donate more than 2.4 billion hours of their time to charitable causes, and the Gallup Youth Survey has found that roughly one-third of all teens participate in volunteer work. This volume examines the opportunities young people have for volunteering, and explores the issue of school-mandated community service.
Experts agree that healthy eating habits and proper exercise should be an important part of a young adults life. Unfortunately, studies have shown that both obesity and malnutrition are growing problems in the United States. This volume examines the causes of obesity, the pressures that young people face to look thin and attractive, and how lifestyle choices made during the teen years can have a great effect on adult health.
Most young people report that they believe in God, yet recent surveys by the Gallup Organization have shown that fewer than half of all teenagers in the United States regularly attend church. Is organized religion losing its influence on young people? How many teenagers think about careers in the clergy? This volume examines the influence of religion and values on young people today.
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