New studies examine teen vaping association with sexual risk behavior and drug usage

Electronic vapor product (EVP) usage among U.S. high school students is associated with a higher likelihood of engagement in nine out of 10 sexual risk behaviors, according to a new study which analyzed data from the 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. A related study found that adolescent EVP use is associated with a higher likelihood of engagement in several […]

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Screen time—even before bed—has little impact on teen well-being: study

Data from more than 17,000 teenagers show little evidence of a relationship between screen time and well-being in adolescents. The study, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, casts doubt on the widely accepted notion that spending time online, gaming, or watching TV, especially before bedtime, can damage young people’s mental health. “Implementing best practice […]

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What to Do if Your Teen Is Cutting Class

Algebra = not fun. Nipping out to McDonald’s = fun. AP history = so not fun. Hiding in the woods with friends during third block = extra fun. Chemistry = torture. Sleeping through the snooze button in a soft, warm bed = absolute bliss. Your average high schooler might use these equations to explain why they ditch class. Don’t believe […]

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Timely interventions help spot signs of teen dating violence

One in 10 youth experience dating violence. They’ve been purposely hit, slapped or hurt while in a relationship—actions that can impart long-lasting effects on the victim. But just one session of a behavioral intervention held in the emergency department to reduce underage drinking also significantly reduced dating violence perpetration and depression symptoms. “Dating violence is a significant concern for many […]

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