First, we need to pin-point our students family relationships. Our government still views middle-class families as “Leave it to Beaver” era where most families had one working parent while one stayed home. This is no longer the way most American families function. Thus, in many cases neither Mom nor Dad is as available as she or he used to be to attend to children’s social, intellectual, and moral development. Coming home to an empty home is now the standard for an estimated four million children in our country.
In that case, many of the family problems lead to teens becoming self-destructive. Teens often turn to sex and drugs as a refuge from their everyday lives. Most teens who abuse drugs are more likely to engage in unprotected sexual activity. Therefore, these young people are at a much higher risk to receive STD’s and have four or more sexual partners than youths who do not abuse drugs.
Other than being at risk for STD’s, teens girls are more likely to become pregnant. Each year almost 900,000 American teen girls become pregnant and of those girls around 450,000 give birth to their babies. This number is by far the largest of the world’s developed countries! Teen mothers are more vulnerable to poverty than anyone else, because teen mothers usually do not graduate from high school.
In that case, the best way to...