My first job out of college was working at a group home for adolescent males who were former gang members or sex offenders. One night I was chatting with my supervisor and asked him what the average long-term outcome was for the teens we were working with. He asked what I meant by long term. As it turned out, most of the adolescents I was working with would be dead or in prison by age 30. At 15, they were middle-aged.
A recent study put out by the University of Minnesota found that one in seven adolescents believe that they will die before age 35 and that belief coincides with greater risks in sexual, drug and alcohol and behavioral decision making. How can we encourage far-reaching expectations in already at-risk adolescents?
University of Minnesota (2009, June 29). Teens Who Believe They’ll Die Young Are More Likely To Engage In Risky Behavior. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 4, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2009/06/090629081124.htm