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5/26/17: 5 Articles You Need to Read This Week

We know you’re busy—that’s why we’re keeping up on the news for you. Here are some of the latest articles about teen health that are worth your time. Check back every Friday for more headlines you may have missed!


1. All over the world, teens lack financial literacy

In a recent survey which assessed 48,000 15-year-olds from 15 countries, only 12 percent of students were above the suggested proficiency for their age. The study also found that while 56 percent of 15-year-olds have a bank account, two-thirds of them can't understand a bank statement.

Want to test your students? They can take some of the same questions from the assessment here. And for more teaching resources, be sure to check out Choices' financial literacy content


2. Binge drinking is less common in this generation of teens

From 2007 to 2015, just 2.6 percent of 13-year-olds were binge drinkers—that's almost 50 percent less than the number who reported binge drinking from 1991 to 1998. But not all teen alcohol statistics are improving. From 1991 to 1998, girls were 42 percent less likely than boys to binge drink, but from 2007 to 2015, the gap started evening out, with girls being only 29 percent less likely to binge drink. 

Are you ready to teach about the dangers of alcohol? The story of Shelby Allen, a teen who died from alcohol poisoning after one night of binge drinking, will help teens understand the deadly dangers of alcohol consumption.


3. The science of adolescent sleep:

Teens often want to sleep in later and go to bed later than adults. Experts say this is because teens don't reach the level of drowsiness that adults and children reach until later in the day, and this, coupled with early school start times, can really affect teens' lives. When adolescence hits, teens are experiencing rapid growth and brain development, which requires rest. At the same stage of life, there's an increase in depression rates and driving accidents. Experts say that it all goes back to sleep, and suggest that making school start times 8:30 or later could help teen health overall.

Keep an eye out for our brilliant non-fiction feature on teen sleep coming in September!


4. Teens in large cities are more prone to psychotic episodes

Recent research published in the Schizophrenia Bulletin found that teens raised in larger cities in England and Wales were 40 percent more likely to experience psychotic episodes than teens raised in smaller cities. Out of all adolescents surveyed, 34 percent of those in urban settings reported having a psychotic experience, while 24 percent of those in rural settings reported an episode. The researchers suggest that teens in urban settings may have a heightened biological response to stress, which could lead to increased psychotic episodes.


5. Memorial Day begins the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers

According to the National Safety Council, Memorial Day is the start of the most dangerous time for teen drivers to be on the road. That's because during the summer months, teens have more time to be on the road, and they are often driving with friends in the car, are more likely to speed, and more likely to be out on roads later. A survey, conducted by Liberty Mutual and Students Against Drunk Driving, found that a quarter of teen accidents are related to texting, and that parents are not a good example—a third of teens have asked their parents to put their phones away on the road.

If you're thinking of combating teen driver safety before the school year ends, have them read Danger Behind the Wheel.


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