Pressures on Youth

Archive Report

Today's Troubled Teens

Problems Seen as Evidence of Stress

It used to be said that children were meant to be seen, not heard. That is hardly the case today. During the past year, the problems of America's children and teen-agers captured headlines in newspapers and magazines across the country. One news magazine ran cover stories on “troubled teen-agers” and “neglected kids.”1The Washington Post printed a seven-part series on “Coming of Age in the 80s.”2The New York Times ran a six-part series on juvenile crime.3

Discussion of youth problems is not exactly uncharted territory. In 1904, G. Stanley Hall wrote a two-volume work entitled Adolescence: Its Psychology and Its Relations to Physiology, Anthropology, Sex, Crime, Religion and Education. Hall described adolescence as the “best key to the nature ...

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