Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Sue Scheff and Parent's Universal Resource Experts: More Teenagers are Being Are Being Exposed to Violence from Psych Central by Psychology Today

Exposure to interpersonal violence is taking a toll on adolescent America. A study has found that roughly 16 percent of boys and 19 percent of girls may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive episodes, or substance abuse. Witnessing violence, physical abuse or sexual abuse significantly increased the risk of all three disorders.

Lead researcher Dean Kilpatrick and his colleagues at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina interviewed 4,023 young people aged 12 to 17 by telephone. The researchers collected a range of information from their volunteers, including demographic and family data, history of trauma, and signs of psychological problems.

A surprisingly large fraction of these adolescents suffered from some kind of disorder. Kilpatrick and his colleagues found that 7.4 percent of the boys and 13.9 percent of the girls met the criteria for major depression at some point during the previous six months. Within the previous year, the rate of substance abuse or dependence was 8.2 percent among the boys and 6.2 percent among girls.

The researchers were particularly struck by the prevalence of PTSD: Nearly four percent of boys and over six percent of girls met the diagnostic criteria for the condition.

About four in ten interview subjects reported that they had either experienced or witnessed interpersonal violence first-hand. Those teens had a much higher risk for the disorders.

The data strengthen the view that a large fraction of American youths encounter traumatic events and experience significant emotional responses as a result. “That these prevalences exist among adolescents is definitely a cause for concern,” says Kilpatrick.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Parent's Universal Resource Experts

Parent's Universal Resource Experts is continuing to help families with today's teens and the issues that confront them.

Please review the latest Blog of Parenting Articles from all over the world on a variety of teen subjects.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Sue Scheff: Teen Runaways

I have created a Blog of recent articles to help parents with today's teens. These news and magazine articles are focused on today's issues including teen runaways and more.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Sue Scheff talks about Teen Runaways

A Growing Problem for Today's Families

One of any parent's greatest fears is a missing child.

Each year, one million troubled teens from every social class, race and religion run away from home. Unfortunately, for American families, that number continues to rise.

Confused, pressured and highly impressionable teens follow their peers into bad choices. In most cases, runaway teenagers want to escape the rules and regulations of their family and household.

Disagreements with parents leave them unhappy and frustrated to the point of rebellion.

Naiveté leads them to believe they could survive outside the nest; and dreams of a life without parental guidance, rules and punishment seem ideal.

The dangers of a runaway lifestyle are obvious. Afraid and desperate, teens on the street are easy targets for robbery, rape, prostitution, drug addiction and violent crime.

While the official Runaway Hotline cites nine out of ten teens return home or are returned home by the police within a month, any amount of time on the street can change a child forever.

Protecting our children from a potential runaway situation is incredibly important; the problem is serious, and the effects are severe.

My name is Sue Scheff, and through my organization, Parents Universal Resource Experts, I am working to keep America's teens safe. A troubled teenager is a difficult and uphill battle, but you are not alone! As parents, we must work together to educate and support each other through the crisis.

The best resource is that of someone who has been there; and at P.U.R.E, parents can find the information and support of so many dealing with the same situations.

Are you worried that your troubled teen will run away from home? We have compiled some of the most helpful resources on teenage runaways.

Visit our website, Help Your Teens and our Teen Runaway Website. You are not alone!