This edition: Adolescence: Special Topic
This special-topic lesson explores the subject of “at-risk” teens and their resiliency. The lesson discusses a few of the more significant challenges that some children and adolescents face in our society, including poverty, abuse, and parental neglect. Kids who face problems like these are often called “at-risk” because they are more vulnerable to a range of negative outcomes such as unwanted pregnancy, drug abuse, and delinquency. Particularly important to a teen’s ability to cope with problems are his or her competencies and networks of social support. With the help of positive role models and community-based intervention programs, even teenagers who have grown up under the most adverse circumstances may be sufficiently resilient and resourceful in coping with the stresses they face in life.