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Minority Youth Being of minority status greatly increases the chances of being high risk.  The Current national graduation  rate for all students of low socioeconomic status is 68%.  Comparatively only 53% of Hispanic and 50% of  African American students graduate from high school.  Only 17% of African American youth come from a  family with two biological parents compared to 53% on average.  African American youth are also more  likely to engage in sex before the age of 16, get in a fight, be a member of a gang and birth a child before  they turn 18.  A 2008 study from the CDC indicated that 48% of young African American women aged 14- 19 were infected with at least one common type of STD. Being Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgendered The effects of discrimination related to being GLBT make youth more vulnerable to mental health  problems such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse.  Research suggests that GLBT youth ages 
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Unformatted text preview: 14-21 are significantly more likely to report depression and anxiety than heterosexual peers. GLBT youth are also the most likely to attempt suicide. A recent review suggested that rates of suicide attempt among GLBT youth was 20-40% higher than heterosexual youth. Socioeconomic Status A family’s socioeconomic status is based on family income, parental education level, parental occupation and status in the community. Families with low SES often lack financial, social and educational support. Parents may have inadequate skills to prepare children for school. As a result, children from families with low SES are at greater risk of entering school underprepared. They are also at higher risk to be involved in crime, drug use and early sex resulting in higher rates of teen pregnancy....
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