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Research Behind the RAAPS Questions (Question #6)

RAAPS Question #6 Bullying Bullying is unacceptable and preventable, yet it happens every day. Children and adolescents who are bullied are more likely than children who are not to be depressed, lonely, anxious, have low self-esteem, feel unwell, and think about suicide. Bullying also has a negative impact on...

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Research Behind the RAAPS Questions (Question #5)

RAAPS Question #5 Helmet Use Biking, rollerblading, skateboarding, and riding scooters are all great ways for children and adolescents to get exercise. In order ride safely, they need to wear protective equipment, particularly helmets, but studies show that a majority of children and adolescents are not wearing helmets when...

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Research Behind the RAAPS Questions (Question #4)

RAAPS Question #4 Seat Belt Use Motor vehicle accidents remain the leading cause of unintentional death among adolescents of all ages – more than alcohol, drugs, and suicide combined. Among adolescents ages 10-14 motor vehicle accidents account for 22% of all deaths Among adolescents ages 15-17 years motor vehicle...

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Research Behind the RAAPS Questions (Question #3)

RAAPS Question #3 Physical Activity Studies indicate that children and adolescents are much less physically active than they were 20 years ago. Statistics report 25% of surveyed high school students do not participate in any kind of physical activity (60 minutes or more) and more than 61% of youth...

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Research Behind the RAAPS Questions (Question #2)

RAAPS Question #2: Fruit and Vegetable Intake Eating well is often hard for teens.  Busy schedules, hanging around peers, frequenting fast food restaurants, and snacking can lead to excessive intake of fat, sugar, and calories and an insufficient intake of important vitamins and minerals. Studies show that teens in...

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Research Behind the RAAPS Questions (Question #1)

The RAAPS vision was to create a time efficient, youth-friendly and easy-to-use screening tool that could reach adolescents in a variety of settings.  RAAPS was based on “gold standard” research that was recommended by top government and professional organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National...

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Teen Depression

Don’t be afraid to ask tough questions!  According to 2010 RAAPS data when teens were asked during the last month did you often feel sad or down as though you had nothing to look forward to 24.3% said YES.

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Possibilities for Change, LLC officially launches!

Possibilities for Change is the parent company of the Rapid Assessment for Adolescent Preventive Services (RAAPS) survey, the associated behavior-tracking database, and support services such as motivational interview training.  Based in the University of Michigan Tech Transfer Venture Accelerator, it serves clients nationwide, providing an easy-to-use, brief online survey...

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