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    Teen attitudes improve over past 20 years

    Date: 12.16.09 | by Judge Tom.

    In a nationwide survey of over 3,000 girls and boys in grades three through twelve, more teens are making responsible life decisions than those surveyed in 1989.

    In December, 2009, the Girl Scout Research Institute released a study that addressed current teen life in America. Topics included cheating on tests, cyberbullying, sex, smoking, issues of diversity and civic involvement.

    • 2/3 reported they wouldn’t cheat on a test (in 1989, only 50% said the same)
    • 1/3 would wait for marriage to have sex (in 1989, 24% would wait)
    • 58% would turn down alcohol at a party (in 1989, 46% would)
    • 18% think smoking is acceptable (in 1989, 25% were okay with it)
    • 59% favor ethnic and racial diversity in friends
    • 84% will vote in the future (in 1989, 63% planned to)
    • 76% will give to charity (in 1989, 63%)
    • 71% say religion is important to them

    Photo by Woofiegrrl (Flickr)

    Do any of these percents surprise you?  Are they higher than you thought or lower?  Where do you fall in each of these areas?

    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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    • julie
      Thu, 17 Dec 2009 at 06:47

      according to a group of 7 teen boys, they feel these percentages seem high for today’s youth