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Transcript of Teen addiction
Do your parents/family drink or abuse drugs?
44% Is stress a big factor in your life?
56% Conclusion Psych research questions Once again the juniors havent been in contact with teenage life long enough to get the full pressures of stress. When asked what causes them stress the common answers were
When I asked what coping skills they used the winning answer was drugs and alcohol. The rest of the choices were used but the numbers were to small to compare them. Hypothesis Teen drug and alcohol addiction is influenced by the culture one is exposed to. The messages sent in the media cause peer pressure and the need to fit in to be greater then family problems or school stress, so people turn to using drugs and alcohol. Expert Findings on Research Questions:
Media: the means of communication, as radio and television, newspapers, and magazines, which reach or influence people widely
Addiction: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes
severe trauma Junior girls
100% Junior girls
100% Do you do drugs/drink alcohol? Senior girls
11% Junior girls
100% The juniors have yet to come in full contact with drugs therefore the stats were lower
The senior results took me by surpise, i didnt think the numbers would be higher then 50% Drug and alcohol abuse seems to come with age. The older you are the more stress you come into contact with which in turn causes the drug and alcohol abuse. If a teen is suffering from depression, an addiction will only make it worse. Conclusion Based on the information and facts I found, I believe the media does influence children greatly, but it does depend on the parents role in regards to the boundaries and information they reveal to their child(ren). If the parent is effective, many aspects to addiction may be avoided. However, if parents allow media to take over, chances of the child being addicted to a substance greatly increase. - The media has sometimes been labeled “the electronic parents,” and if parents fail to give their children appropriate messages about drugs, the media may fill the void with unhealthy information and cues
- An interesting and unfortunate paradox exists in American media: Advertisements for birth control products, which could prevent numerous problems for teens, are forbidden on 3 of the 4 major national networks. Yet all 4 networks frequently advertise products that cause thousands of deaths in teens and adults annually: tobacco and alcohol - Studies document that the media can make children more vulnerable to future experimentation with alcohol because children and adolescents do not develop adult-type comprehension skills to deal with media messages until about the 8th grade
- Alcoholism and other drug addiction have genetic and environmental causes. Both have serious consequences for children who live in homes where parents are involved. More than 28 million Americans are children of alcoholics; nearly 11 million are under the age of 18. This figure is magnified by the countless number of others who are affected by parents who are impaired by other psychoactive drugs. - Recent studies suggest a strong genetic component, particularly for early onset of alcoholism in males. Sons of alcoholic fathers are at fourfold risk compared with the male offspring of non-alcoholic fathers.
- The influence of parental attitudes on a child's drug taking behaviors may be as important as actual drug abuse by the parents. An adolescent who perceives that a parent is permissive about the use of drugs is more likely to use drugs. - The following family problems have been frequently associated with families affected by alcoholism: increased family conflict; emotional or physical violence; decreased family cohesion; decreased family organization; increased family isolation; increased family stress including work problems, illness, marital strain and financial problems; and frequent family moves.
- Three of four (71.6%) child welfare professionals cite substance abuse as the top cause for the dramatic rise in child maltreatment since 1986. - Most welfare professionals (79.6%) report that substance abuse causes or contributes to at least half of all cases of child maltreatment; 39.7% say it is a factor in over 75% of the cases.
- In a sample of parents who significantly maltreat their children, alcohol abuse is specifically associated with physical maltreatment, while cocaine exhibits a specific relationship to sexual maltreatment. Did you know America ranks the lowest in education but the highest in drug use? It's nice to be number one, but we can fix that. All we need to do is start the war on education. If it's anywhere near as successful as our war on drugs, in no time we'll all be hooked on phonics.
- Leighann Lord
The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that's making us so pressurized that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?
- John Lennon Hypothesis Teens use drugs and drink alcohol so that they fit into a group of friends that are considered "cool". This will help make them popular and have a memorable highschool career. The pressure to be a part of a group is so great many teens will create relationships solely based on "drinking buddies". This is incredibly unfortunate because this type of friendship is not healthy and it will eventually lead you to addiction. Soc research question Are your friends the main influence for what you do because they are going to parties, drinking, and/or using drugs? Senior girls
89% Junior girls
100% A lot of the stats that were answered say that students at A.N. Myer don't let peer pressure influence their choice on drug or alcohol use. Conclusion While researching this topic, peer relations is one of the top 4 reasons for teens to make their choice on using drugs and/or alcohol. Social relations are most often the most important aspect of a teens high school life. My hypothesis states that people look for friends based on finding people that will help their social status, however the research that I collected demonstrates that A.N. Myer students don't allow their friends to influence their choices. In the course of history many more people have died for their drink and their dope than have died for their religion or their country.
- Aldous Huxley By: Amanda Perreault, Jacklyn Miller and Christine Comnack