Empower and educate youth, families, and communities with the knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior.
Today approximately 16% of the U.S. population age 12 and over meet clinical diagnostic criteria for addiction to nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs.
24% of 12th graders reported having five or more drinks in a row on at least one occasion within a two week time period.
75% of high school students have used addictive substances.
24.1% of students have ridden one or more times in a car or other vehicle driven by someone who had been drinking alcohol.
39.9% of students have used marijuana one or more times during their life.
21.9% of students had had five or more drinks of alcohol in a row (i.e., within a couple of hours) on one occasion within a 30 day time period (i.e., binge drinking).
Youth involved in bullying are more likely than those who aren’t to be depressed, have high levels of suicidal thoughts, and have attempted suicide.
20.1% of students are bullied on school property within one year.
5.9% of students had not gone to school on at least one occasion within a 30 day period because they felt they would be unsafe at school.
32.8% of students had been in a physical fight one or more times during one year.
1 in 3 teens (12-17) have experienced online harassment.
Girls are more likely to be victims of cyberbullying (38% girls vs. 26% boys).
Nearly half of teen girls who have been in a relationship say they have been victims of verbal, physical, or sexual abuse by their boyfriends.
During one year, 9.4% of students had been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend (i.e., dating violence).
Victims of dating abuse are not only at increased risk for injury, they are also more likely to engage in binge drinking, suicide attempts, etc.
Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence, almost triple the national average.
8% of students had ever been physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to.
About 72% of eighth and ninth graders are “dating.”
25% of people with Anorexia are male. 40% of binge eaters are male.
Over 1/2 of teen girls and nearly 1/3 of teen boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives.
40%-60% of elementary school girls (ages 6-12) are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat. This concern endures through life.
Alcohol and other substance abuse disorders are 4 times more common to occur with those with eating disorders than in the general populations.
A review of nearly 50 years of research confirms that anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder.
In the U.S., 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life.
40-60% of elementary school girls (ages 6-12) are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat.
14%-24% of youth and young adults have self-injured at least once.
In the U.S., one in 20 teens have moderate to severe major depression.
About 80% of people diagnosed with major depression can be treated and return to their usual activities and feelings.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year-olds.
Depression in adolescence frequently co-occurs with other disorders such as anxiety, disruptive behavior, eating disorders or substance abuse.
15% of high school students seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months.
One in 25 children ages 10 to 17 received an online sexual solicitation where the solicitor tried to make offline contact.
While 2:3 of teens are likely to be harassed or bullied off-line, nearly 1:3 have been harassed as a result of technology.
15% of teens the ages 12-17 who own cell phones say they have received sexually suggestive nude/semi-nude images of someone they know via text.
In the last 3 years, 57k cases of child identity theft have been reported to the Federal Trade Commission.
70% of teens have hidden online behavior from their parents.
40% of teens have seen pictures of kids getting drunk, passed out, or using drugs online.
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