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date: 03 December 2022

Adolescent Populations: An Overview of Issues and Social Problemslocked

Adolescent Populations: An Overview of Issues and Social Problemslocked

  • Todd Michael FrankeTodd Michael FrankeUniversity of California, Los Angeles Luskin
  •  and Diane de AndaDiane de AndaUniversity of California, Los Angeles, Emerita


This entry begins with a presentation of demographic data from the U.S. Census 2010 on the adolescent population 12 to 19 years by age, gender, and ethnicity. A summary of the information available on major issues and problems affecting adolescent populations is presented from numerous governmental and empirical research sources on the following topics: education, runaway and homeless youth, sexual behavior, substance abuse, suicide, victimization and criminal behavior, and texting while driving.


  • Children and Adolescents
  • Populations and Practice Settings

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