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Subject: teenager concerns
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Posted: 03 Feb 2003 19:41 PST
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What are the top concerns of teenagers?

Request for Question Clarification by leep-ga on 03 Feb 2003 19:44 PST
Hello qpet.

Are you interested in the top concerns of teenagers who in the U.S. or worldwide?

Clarification of Question by qpet-ga on 03 Feb 2003 20:44 PST
In the USA.
Subject: Re: teenager concerns
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 03 Feb 2003 23:37 PST
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Hello Qpet,

What are the top concerns of teenagers?

A poll conducted by the staff of the University of Miami High School
Minority Journalism Workshop reveals:

South Florida high school students say they worry most about issues
relevant to their lives as teenagers.

- 43% of the 341 students who answered the survey said their main
concerns were typical teenage problems – school, college, social life.

- 7.9% of the students said terrorism and violence in the country were
their top concerns.

- 19 students polled said their most important concern is getting into

University of Miami Dow Jones High School Minority Workshop


The Shell Poll conducted by the Washington D.C. based survey research
firm provides the following statistics for sources of pressure for

- 44% of teens polled cite "the pressure to get good grades"
- 32% cite "the pressure to get into college" 
- 29% "the pressure to fit in socially" 
- 19% "the pressure to use drugs or alcohol" 
- 13% "the pressure to be sexually active" 

Other poll findings include:

Girls report feeling worried (58%) more often than do boys (40%), and
students with lower grades are more likely to feel depressed (39%)
than are those with higher grades (21%).

Source: The Shell Poll


Teens' Top 5 Concerns 2000

Senior Boys
1. Friends
2. Suicide/depression
3. Future
4. Jobs
5. Alcohol/Drugs

Junior Boys
1. Jobs
2. Grades/college
3. Friends
4. Personal future
5. (Tie) Appearance/Religion

Sophomore Boys
1. Grades/college
2. Friends
3. Personal future
4. Dating/marriage
5. Jobs

Senior Girls
1. Grades/college
2. Friends
3. Personal future
4. Dating/marriage
5. Jobs

Junior Girls
1. Acceptance
2. Appearance
3. Friends
4. Drugs/alcohol
5. Grades/College

Sophomore Girls
1. Grades/college
2. Friends
3. Acceptance
4. Appearance
5. Personal future

In Depth: A World of Worries by Erica Wilson,


The report by the Virginia based Horatio Alger Association of
Distinguished Americans conducted in May 2001 returned the following
results when teens were asked to rank various pressures in their

- 26% of teens said the need to get good grades was a major problem.
- 16% said pressure to look a certain way was a major problem.
- 15% cited financial problems as a major concern.
- 14% said getting along with their parents.
- 12% cited pressure to do drugs or drink alcohol.
- 10% spoke of pressure to have sex.

- 84% of the respondents thought having a college degree is either
critical or very important to success later in life.

Washington News: May 2001


Teens Still Fearful Over 9/11 But Remain Positive:

“An ABCNEWS poll finds six in 10 teens remain frightened about the
attacks and scared that more might occur. Of greatest concern,
perhaps, are those who express high-level anxiety: Anywhere from 15
percent to 25 percent are "very" confused and frightened about what
happened, "very" scared about more attacks and "very" worried about
being victimized.
But these high-level concerns have eased in the last year; indeed for
nearly all teens, the initial shock clearly has subsided. While 38
percent say they had trouble sleeping in the immediate days after last
Sept. 11, just 2 percent report trouble sleeping now as a result of
the terrorist attacks.”

Source: ABC News


At a White House Conference on Teenagers:

“..teenagers rate "not having enough time" with parents and also
education as their top concerns. In contrast, parents' top concerns
are drugs, alcohol, and violence.”

The White House Conference on Teenagers: May 2, 2000

In a 2000 national YMCA poll of a representative sample of American

- 21% of teens rated "not having enough time together with parents" as
their top concern.
- This tied with educational worries as their chief concern.

Source: Global Strategy Group, Inc., "Talking With Teens: The YMCA
Parent and Teen Survey."


Privacy and Anonymity

 "Privacy and anonymity are major concerns for teenagers accessing
healthcare information on the Web, especially when they are seeking
information on highly sensitive and personal issues," says Fran Maier,
executive director of TRUSTe, the non-profit organization widely known
for its global privacy certification and seal program.


Search Criteria:
top concerns American teens

Thank you for your question and I hope this response has provided you
with the information you were seeking.

Best Regards,

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 04 Feb 2003 07:41 PST
Hello Qpet,

I located another interesting study which may interest you as well.

According to Teen Think Tanks of America the following are the top 9
concerns of teens:
1 Sexual concerns 
2 Violence 
3 Families 
4 Stress/Depression 
5 Future 
6 Racial Issues 
7 Drugs/Alcohol 
8 Education 
9 Respect

Top Comments Included in Each Category:

1 Sex 
“STD’s, Teen pregnancy, pre-marital sex, teen birth control, abortion,
having sex, sexual harassment, sex crimes

2 Violence 
Weapons in school, crime, gangs, rape, suicide, kids killing kids 

3 Families 
Help for family problems, divorced families, lack of parental
concerns, parental abuse, child abuse, problems at home, parental

4 Stress/Depression 
Needing help and not being able to get it, self confidence, nobody to
talk to, dealing with losses

5 Future
Education cost, will I reach my goals, what happens after high school,
pressure of succeeding in life, lack of opportunities

6 Racial
Hate Crimes Fights, hate crimes, prejudicial, stereotyping certain
students, racism by peers, people hating you

7 Drugs/Alcohol
No specific comments 

8 Education 
Schools that don’t care, teachers that can’t teach, inactive teachers,
uniform delegation of tax for schools

9 Respect
Discrimination from adults, abuse and prejudice by cops, not trust”  

Source:Teen Think Tanks

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 04 Feb 2003 07:47 PST
According to the Do Something Top Teen Causes Study by Do Something,
America’s teens identify issues that affect them personally as their
top concerns and they are ready to get involved to make a difference.
The nationwide survey of 1,238 students in grades 7-12 found that
teens’ top ten concerns are:

Drunk driving (72%)
Depression and teen suicide (66%)
Guns at school (66%)
Improving schools/education (64%)
Discrimination (64%)
Violence in school (63%)
Drugs (63%)
Self-esteem (61%)
AIDS (58%)
Abuse at home (57%) 

The Do Something 2001 Top Teen Causes Poll: August 27, 2001
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