9780805848519

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

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    9780805848519

  • ISBN10:

    0805848517

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-04-01
  • Publisher: Lawrence Erlbau

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Summary

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 Indifferenceinclude: *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.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
1 The Continuing Myth of Adolescence 1(29)
Why We Should Value Youth
2(1)
Chapter Overview
3(1)
How Are Youth Devalued?
3(2)
Why Are Youth Devalued?
5(5)
Current Beliefs About Youth
10(12)
Conclusion
22(8)
2 Youth and Media 30(25)
Media Over Time
32(5)
Youth's Use of Media
37(3)
Media Effects: A Focus on Violence
40(6)
Stories Told About Youth
46(1)
Conclusion
47(8)
3 Youth Violence 55(36)
Youth Violence in the Media
57(9)
Youth Offenders and Their Crimes
66(1)
Quantifying Youth Violence
66(3)
When Youth Are Victims
69(3)
Context Is Critical
72(5)
School Violence
77(3)
Conclusion
80(11)
4 The Sex Lives of Teenagers 91(30)
Media, Sex, and the Adolescent
93(3)
Teenage Sex: The Facts
96(4)
Rate Data
100(6)
Sex Education
106(5)
Conclusion
111(10)
5 Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs, and Teens 121(40)
Societal Expectations: Conflicting Standards for Behavior
123(4)
Teens and Tobacco
127(8)
Antitobacco Campaigns Emerge
135(7)
Teens and Alcohol
142(7)
Drug Use
149(3)
Conclusion
152(9)
6 Healthy Living and Decision Making 161(31)
Confusing Conceptions of Health and Fitness
162(2)
Adolescent Health
164(1)
Relationships With Food
165(8)
Sleepy Teens
173(3)
Making Schooling Make a Difference in Youth Fitness and Overall Health
176(5)
Conclusion
181(3)
Appendix A
184(8)
7 Working Teens 192(27)
Student Workers
193(6)
Work and School
199(2)
What Adults Might Not Know About Student Workers
201(6)
Socialization of Work
207(4)
Conclusion
211(8)
8 Youth and Education 219(41)
The Failure of American Education
220(12)
Underestimating Youth's Educational Performance
232(5)
Diverse Attitudes About the Purpose of School
237(1)
Some Real Problems in Education: Social Capital and Fiscal Resources
238(8)
Preparing for and Getting Into College
246(4)
Conclusion
250(10)
9 Enhancing the Future of Youth 260(33)
Changing Expectations About Youth
264(5)
A Small Wins Approach
269(15)
Conclusion
284(9)
Author Index 293(12)
Subject Index 305

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