At-Risk

Resources for parents of at-risk and troubled teens.

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January 2014

Who is at Fault?

by At-Risk.org Staff

Pointing fingers usually doesn't accomplish much. However, it is extremely valuable to know who and what is causing today's youth to become at-risk. Nothing is more destructive to a teen and their family than the abuse of alcohol and drugs; the earlier the intervention, the better. Unfortunately teens often hide their alcohol/drug usage from their family and it can take months or even years before the parents become aware…

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January 2014

Development of Juvenile Justice

by At-Risk.org Staff

Colonial times were a harsh, unforgiving time for juvenile offenders. Children were subject to the same punishments and were housed in the same deplorable conditions as adults. By the early 1800's, reformers responded to these inhumane conditions and the house of refuge came into existence. Early reformers became interested in rehabilitating rather than punishing juvenile delinquents. There was an emerging conviction that society had a responsibility to turn these young…

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January 2014

Who is At-Risk?

by At-Risk.org Staff

Many social critics argue that today’s youth face more serious and critical risks than any previous generation. Parents are convinced that their children face a major crisis. Most experts will agree that violence in schools, deteriorating family structure, substance abuse, alarming media images, and gang activity put teens at risk. Teenagers who have trouble coping with the stresses of life are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, engage…

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January 2014

What's Being Done?

by At-Risk.org Staff

Over the past decade, more and more attention has been given to the issues associated with “at-risk youth” including youth crime, violence, sex, substance abuse, poor academic performance, etc. Research shows that at-risk youth struggle with complex issues and scenarios that are brought on by peers, mentors, family members, and difficult social environments. The increased complexity of today’s at-risk youth has forced parents and federal agencies to work together…

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January 2014

ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

by At-Risk.org Staff

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that shows up in young children, usually in their preschool or kindergarten years but, in some cases, it can get worse when a child becomes a teenager. Children and teens with ADHD are usually fairly easy to identify because of their behavior. ADHD makes it hard for kids to control their behavior and pay attention. Many children have this condition and it…

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January 2014

ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder

by At-Risk.org Staff

When a teen has ADD, it can cause problems for him or her in school. It can be hard on them because if their peers find out, it can be a source of scorn or ridicule for them, making the teen years even more trying than they would have been otherwise. Fortunately, having ADD is usually pretty easy to keep under wraps. Really extreme behavior is usually seen more often…

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January 2014

Teen Drug Abuse

by At-Risk.org Staff

If you are the parent of a teenager, than teen drug abuse is one thing you likely worry about with your child. Teen drug use is a common problem for many teenagers. Some teens just want to experience but unfortunately, others use it as a way of solving their problems or trying to forget their problems. The teenage years are rough and there are many pressures from different directions such…

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January 2014

Teens that Run Away

by At-Risk.org Staff

It may be hard for a parent to understand why teens run away, so here is a few reasons that may help you to understand. The teen may feel like they have to escape and get away from home to avoid something bad from happening. For example, maybe you have been fighting a lot and they feel they just can’t go through it again. They may be afraid you…

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January 2014

Teens and Alcohol

by At-Risk.org Staff

Teenagers who decide to drink should know that alcohol is absorbed directly into bloodstream and affects your central nervous system causing you to have poor judgment in every aspect and situation you are in. it could lead to getting in a car with someone else who has been drinking and their ability to not be able to think clearly, could lead to an accident killing any one of you. Other…

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January 2014

Teen Violence

by At-Risk.org Staff

Teen violence is real, and is a big part of a teenager’s life in the society we live in today. It can include things like dating someone who is violent, who slaps them around frequently, to other teens in school beating on them. Your child sees violence in their school everyday; many teens are using drugs and alcohol and become very depressed. This can be dangerous because they are…