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HR Magazine, September 2002 - Agenda Work/Life: CDC Documents Teenage Risks

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HR Magazine, September 2002 
Vol. 47, No. 9

Workplaces Fail to Support Parents of Teens

The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health collects risk information on U.S. high school students through its Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. Its most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey, released in June, is based on the responses of 13,601 students in grades 9 through 12 in public and private schools.

Among the findings:

  • 33.2 percent of respondents were in a physical fight one or more times during the previous 12 months.

  • 13.3 percent had driven a car or other vehicle during the previous 30 days after drinking alcohol.

  • 14.1 percent had rarely or never worn seat belts when riding in a car driven by someone else.

  • 17.4 percent had carried a weapon in the previous 30 days.

  • 9.5 percent were hit, slapped or otherwise intentionally injured by their boyfriend or girlfriend during the previous 12 months.

  • 14.2 percent had engaged in sexual intercourse with four or more partners.

  • 9.2 percent had taken diet pills, powders or liquids without a doctors advice to lose weight or to avoid gaining weight.

  • 19 percent had seriously considered attempting suicide during the previous 12 months.
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