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    High percent of teens have fatalistic view

    Date: 07.06.09 | by Judge Tom.

    In a new study* of 20,000 teenagers, almost 15% think they’re going to die before age 35. Their sense of fatalism stems from feeling hopeless which leads them to risky behaviors including drug use and suicide attempts.


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    The study was conducted over a seven-year period between 1995 and 2002. During that period, the teens were interviewed three times. Those who had greater exposure to violence and hardship were more likely to believe they would die young. This included low-income, Black and Native-American teens.

    Doctors and researchers will be looking at the results of the study for early warning signs to offset the trend. If you’re depressed or feeling alone, call one of the many help-lines and talk with a teen-mentor or professionally trained counselor. Help for any situation is available to you.

    *University of Minnesota, Dr. Iris Borowsky

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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      Mon, 06 Jul 2009 at 05:51