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Runninghead: High Risk Youth 1 Introduction The term "at risk" applies to youth and teens that have trouble coping with stressors in their environment and are more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as criminal activity, drugs and alcohol, and sexual promiscuity. Studying youth 'at risk' is important in establishing successful treatment for youth already fitting the current definition and creating prevention programs to deter the next generation from acquiring the label. Continuing education towards preventing youth from becoming "at risk" means evaluating the most resent research on the topic, recognizing the wide range of youth with at risk tendencies, and reviewing the methods that have been successful or lacking in deterring youth from risky behavior. At- risk youth need a good support system and structure to divert them away from that path. Children need a good stable home environment, they need someone to hold them accountable and make sure they are doing what they are supposed to be doing. They also need a stable school environment, which is key to their success. When they are involved with extra circular activities it may help them to divert away from the risky behaviors that they might be tempted to engage in. Recidivism is also a problem for at risk youth, when they get into the cycle it is hard for them to make it back out. Diversity within high risk groups will also be a topic of discussion. Prevalence of substance abuse, violence, sexual promiscuity and suicide will be observed across different high- risk populations. This will include information about how minority status, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation affect high risk adolescents. We will also be looking at how discrimination, inequality and lack of resources pave the path of high risk adolescents and the consequences these factors cause among these fragile youth.
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The methodology behind studying at risk youth is becoming more extensive as public opinion shifts toward rehabilitation treatments, Researchers are realizing the benefits of rehabilitation by introducing interventions, surveys, and resilience boosting treatments to foster positive behavior in youth and reduce the likelihood of recidivism in youth involved with risky behavior. The most common studies and the most effective studies are detailed later on in the paper. It is important to look at the history in the United States and their role in shaping the way that the juvenile justice system works and effects how youth are treated and given the title of at risk. It is also important to explore the ideologies that surround at risk youth to determine what methods work best at treating youth at risk and what methods do not prove successful. Review of the Literature
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2011 for the course PSY 285 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Central Mich..

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