are so many issues affecting youths and teens that are detrimental to
their quality of life. These issues consist of teen pregnancies, tobacco
use, suicide, and so on.
The following are facts and statistics published in the 2008 Alabama
Kids Count Data Book which relate to several of the issues that involve
youths and teens.
- The graduation rate (estimated percent of public high school
students who graduate with 1 of 4 "qualifying diplomas") for the
year 2007 was reported as 64.9%.
- 10.2% births in Alabama in 2006 were to unmarried teens(# live
births to unmarried females age 10-19 expressed as % to live births
to women of all ages)
- Preventable Teen Death Rate for 2006 was
74.1% (This is the number of deaths from suicide, homicide, and
accidents to person age 15-19 per 100,000 persons in that age group)
- The number of teens (age 16-19) in 2000 reported as not attending
school or not working was 10.7%.
- The violent crime arrest rate reported in 2007 which is
determined by the number of arrests of persons less than 18 years
old for violent offenses per 100,000 persons age 10-17 was 156.4%.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) are contracted by 1 in 4 teens
each year as reported by the American Social Health Association. The
Alabama Department of Public Health reports that the age group most
affected by chlamydia and gonorrhea is 15-19 year olds. In Alabama for
the year 2006, there were 1283 males in this age group affected by
chlamydia and 7039 females. In 2006 for this age group, there were 876
males reported as having gonorrhea and 2112 females.
Tobacco is another problem facing youths and teens. The 2008 Youth
Tobacco Survey conducted at 43 public schools pooled data from 1,384
students who completed the survey. In 2008, approximately 22.1% of
students said they smoked cigarettes or cigars. The ADPH urges teens who
want to quit smoking to call the Alabama Tobacco Quitline at
Alcohol is the oldest and most widely used drug in the world. Nearly
half of all Americans over the age of 12 are consumers of alcohol. There
are an estimated 10-15 million alcoholics or problem drinkers in the
United States. This estimate of problem drinkers includes 4.5 million
adolescents as reported by the American Council for Drug Education.
These are just a few of the problems that youths and teens deal with.
There are so many more like family abuse or neglect, dating violence, or
bullying. The statistics stated above reveal the rates of some of these
issues that are affecting the future of youths and teens in Alabama.