The CDC released its risk factor/behavioral survey of teenagers, grades 9-12. Public discourse about adolescent health has shifted to anxiety over “lifestyle” and chronic illnesses — obesity, diabetes, asthma. This report confirms these are important issues. But let’s not forget all the dangerous and traumatizing scenarios we still subject our children to.
About 18% of teenagers carried a weapon in the last month.
1 in 4 teenagers was in a fight in the last year.
7.3% of teenagers had been forced to have sex. 10.5% of females, 4.2% of males.
8% had attempted suicide in the last year.
40% hadn’t used a condom the last time they had sex.