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Framing Youth: Ten Myths about the Next Generation

Framing Youth: Ten Myths about the Next Generation by Mike Males 

According to the media and government officials, teens are out of control. In Framing Youth: Ten Myths about the Next Generation, sociologist Mike A. Males takes a critical view of this and nine other common myths about adolescents and — through statistics on drugs, alcohol, sex, crime and curfews — reveals what teens are really like and what they really need. Among the myths exposed: recent school shootings illustrated that today's youth are more violent than their parents' generation; today's youth are America's worst generation ever; teen alcohol and drug abuse are "epidemic" even as adult problems are decreasing; and many more. Males, once expelled from the second grade, is now a senior research fellow at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice.

Keywords: Mike Males, recommended reading

Posted in Blog, Juvenile Justice

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