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America's Teenagers--Myths and Realities : Media Images, Schooling, and the Social Costs of Careless Indifference - Sharon L. Nichols

America's Teenagers--Myths and Realities

Media Images, Schooling, and the Social Costs of Careless Indifference

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9780805848519
Number Of Pages: 264

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The media's presentation suggests that American teenage culture today is the most violent, sexual, and amoral youth culture in history. In this book, Nichols and Good deconstruct the negative images held by large numbers of adults. Recognizing that many teenagers are left by adults to socialize themselves and the consequences of this "careless indifference," the authors' goal is to influence a more positive view leading to stronger social policies and better services, resources, and programs to meet the needs of America's youth.
Unique features of "America's Teenagers--Myths and Realities: Media Images, Schooling, and the Social Costs of Careless Indifference" include:
*powerful analytic lenses used to revisit typical depictions of youth;
*a wealth of information brought to bear on understanding teenagers' behavior; and
*consideration of a broad range of adolescent behaviors across critical socializing settings.
The book begins with a discussion of the continuing myth of adolescence--how and why youth are devalued, and an overview of current beliefs about youth drawn from two 1990s Public Agenda Polls. This is followed by chapters on youth and the media, and the pressures that youth face in various dimensions of their lives. Topics include youth violence; the sex lives of teenagers; tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and teens; healthy living and decision making; working teens; and youth and education. The concluding chapter pulls together themes generated throughout the book and provides examples of policies that would underscore the value of viewing youth as a social investment. General guidelines are provided for teachers, parents, policymakers, and citizens to facilitate responding to youth in meaningful, proactive ways that improve the quality of life for teenagers and the broader society.

"... a provocative and path-breaking contribution toward understanding adolescent behavior and ultimately nurturing youth through the design of more effective public policy. Nichols and Good systematically question the myths we hold about adolescents and their behavior and integrate a remarkable breadth of information. Well researched and clearly written, America's Teenagers - Myths and Realities packs a powerful punch." - Rhona S. Weinstein University of California, Berkeley; "... a great contribution to our national discussions about youth, schooling, and the nation's identity." - David C. Berliner Arizona State University"

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Continuing Myth of Adolescencep. 1
Why We Should Value Youthp. 2
Chapter Overviewp. 3
How Are Youth Devalued?p. 3
Why Are Youth Devalued?p. 5
Current Beliefs About Youthp. 10
Conclusionp. 22
Youth and Mediap. 30
Media Over Timep. 32
Youth's Use of Mediap. 37
Media Effects: A Focus on Violencep. 40
Stories Told About Youthp. 46
Conclusionp. 47
Youth Violencep. 55
Youth Violence in the Mediap. 57
Youth Offenders and Their Crimesp. 66
Quantifying Youth Violencep. 66
When Youth Are Victimsp. 69
Context Is Criticalp. 72
School Violencep. 77
Conclusionp. 80
The Sex Lives of Teenagersp. 91
Media, Sex, and the Adolescentp. 93
Teenage Sex: The Factsp. 96
Rate Datap. 100
Sex Educationp. 106
Conclusionp. 111
Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs, and Teensp. 121
Societal Expectations: Conflicting Standards for Behaviorp. 123
Teens and Tobaccop. 127
Antitobacco Campaigns Emergep. 135
Teens and Alcoholp. 142
Drug Usep. 149
Conclusionp. 152
Healthy Living and Decision Makingp. 161
Confusing Conceptions of Health and Fitnessp. 162
Adolescent Healthp. 164
Relationships With Foodp. 165
Sleepy Teensp. 173
Making Schooling Make a Difference in Youth Fitness and Overall Healthp. 176
Conclusionp. 181
Appendix Ap. 184
Working Teensp. 192
Student Workersp. 193
Work and Schoolp. 199
What Adults Might Not Know About Student Workersp. 201
Socialization of Workp. 207
Conclusionp. 211
Youth and Educationp. 219
The Failure of American Educationp. 220
Underestimating Youth's Educational Performancep. 232
Diverse Attitudes About the Purpose of Schoolp. 237
Some Real Problems in Education: Social Capital and Fiscal Resourcesp. 238
Preparing for and Getting Into Collegep. 246
Conclusionp. 250
Enhancing the Future of Youthp. 260
Changing Expectations About Youthp. 264
A Small Wins Approachp. 269
Conclusionp. 284
Author Indexp. 293
Subject Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780805848519
ISBN-10: 0805848517
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st April 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.04  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1