The fact that teenagers engage in risky behaviors is a common belief and trope. Some do it to look cool in front of their friends, while others just want to try it out. Fortunately, reports show that the frequency of these types of behavior is declining more and more every year. Now, there are fewer teens getting pregnant, smoking or trying marijuana.
Less Risky Behaviors, but Among All Teens?
The groups of teenagers that have stopped engaging in these types of behaviors are African Americans, Hispanics, and younger teens. A government report presenting this decline was published Thursday, January 4th. These trends have fallen significantly, over the past two years.
With the help of the survey conducted by the CDC, it was observed that there is a progress in reducing the frequency of these risky behaviors in teens.
Some of the behaviors include smoking cigarettes, using marijuana, drinking alcohol, or getting pregnant. Experts consider this to be great news. They also mentioned that they hope that they hope that the rates of these behaviors will continue declining.
As it is, specialists mentioned that the decline can’t be attributed to a single, specific intervention. There are a number of factors that could have been the reason for the decline.
Some of these include access, both at school and online, to information about contraception and sex. This way, teens learn more about these things and the correct ways of using contraceptive methods.
Most of the decline, in this case, occurred between 2013 and 2015. Experts are interested to see if this drop is just a short-term thing or if the situation shifted completely and this trend is going to continue. The highest decline, in all cases, was registered in 2015.
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