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RECENT TRENDS IN TEEN BEHAVIOUR INTRODUCTION There comes a time in ones life when they leave adolescence and enter the teenage years During the teen years thoughts about bodies opposite sex and sexuality come into mind Over the decades there has been a drastic change in teen behaviour Some of these changes include sexual activity violence alcohol and drug abuse This change often puzzles people and they wonder how it happened Could it be the media or peers DRUGS The teenage years are a time to experiment and take risks It is a time to define ones self as an individual Ainsworth 167 Some of the things teens experiment on are drugs alcohol and cigarettes Alcohol is the most commonly used drug next to cigarettes then hallucinogens The fact that is it illegal for a person under nineteen years of age to use cigarettes and alcohol does not stop them They are made readily available to youth Why do teens really use drugs Teens tend to use drugs because of peer pressure depression problems at home social trouble and rebellion Craig 146 Drugs make them feel better about themselves and take away their inhibitions At the time when being socially accepted is crucial kids are more prone to trying drugs and alcohol It temporarily relieves the question of acceptance Riera 94 Teens who are into sports and extracurricular activities are less likely to experiment with any type of drug Yost Drug addiction occurs faster in teens than in adults Ainsworth 167 Drugs in school have not been a problem before 1962 Powell 223 Their use by teens has fluctuated over the decades Marijuana use peaked in 1979 at 45 it is
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