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Research Behind the RAAPS Questions (Question #20)

Have you ever seriously thought about killing yourself, tried to kill yourself, or have you purposely cut, burned or otherwise hurt yourself? Suicide among young people continues to be a serious problem. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among U.S. youth and accounts for 7% of all...

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Research Behind the RAAPS Questions (Question #19)

Do you have any serious issues or worries at home or at school? The period of adolescence is often filled with increased stress over school, friends, or family.  As youth struggle to cope with social, emotional, and physiological stressors they may easily become overwhelmed. If this happens, inadequately managed...

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Research Behind the RAAPS Questions (Question #18)

During the past month, did you often feel very sad or down as though you had nothing to look forward to? Research has indicated that the decline in mental health and increase in behavioral problems during adolescence are occurring partly because youth experience massive life changes during the period...

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Research Behind the RAAPS Questions (Question #17)

Do you have questions about abstinence (saying no to sex), condoms, birth control, HIV/AIDS, or sexually transmitted infections (STI)? The increase in sexual experimentation that often occurs during adolescent years can have adverse consequences, such as sexually transmitted infections. Did you know? –  In 2006, an estimated 5,259 young...

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Research Behind the RAAPS Questions (Question #16)

Many of the consequences of adolescent sexual intercourse, such as unintended pregnancy and STI infections, occur because of lack of condom use or other methods of birth control. Did you know? –  Approximately 25% of teen females and 18% of teen males use no method of contraception at first...

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Research Behind the RAAPS Questions (Question #15)

During adolescence, many teens begin to explore their sexuality. For all teens, this is a challenging situation, but for teens who are questioning their sexual orientation, or who identify as being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, it can be a particularly difficult transition. Did you know? –  Prospective studies...

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Research Behind the RAAPS Questions (Question #14)

Adolescence is a natural time for youth to be interested in and experimenting with sexual intercourse. A combination of hormones, peer and social pressure, and influence from the media make the drive to become sexually active even more intense. What the Data Tells Us: The decision for adolescents to...

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Research Behind the RAAPS Questions (Question #13)

Teenagers abuse a variety of drugs, both legal and illegal. Legally available drugs include prescribed medication and over-the-counter medications. These drugs are easily accessible, free or inexpensive, and falsely believed to be safer than illicit drugs. It is estimated that 3.1 million persons ages 12-25 have used an over-the-counter...

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Research Behind the RAAPS Questions (Question #12)

Experimentation with illicit drugs during adolescence is common. Unfortunately, teenagers often fail to see the link between their actions today and the consequences tomorrow. Teenagers often feel indestructible and immune to the negative implications of drug use, such as addiction. Teenagers abuse a variety of drugs, both legal and...

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Research Behind the RAAPS Questions (Question #11)

The pressure to drink alcohol is at its highest during the adolescent years. According to the CDC, more young people in the U.S. use alcohol than tobacco or illicit drugs. Approximately 42% of youth in 9-12th grade reports drinking alcohol within the past month. The younger a person is...

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