Trends in dating patterns and adolescent development

As social scientists track successive generations of American children whose parents have ended their marriages, the data are leading even some of the once-staunchest supporters of divorce to conclude that divorce is hurting American society and devastating the lives of children.Its effects are obvious in family life, educational attainment, job stability, income potential, physical and emotional health, drug use, and crime.Adequate parental supervision has also been found to be a deterrent to alcohol use in youth. "Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Substance Use Disorders." Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 44.6 (2005): 609-621. "Brief teen interventions can stave off lifelong alcohol abuse." Monitor on Psychology 39.4 Apr. Alcohol, and other drug use, has been found to occur most often between the hours of 3 p.m. Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Georgetown University.

Moreover, half of all children born to married parents this year will experience the divorce of their parents before they reach their 18th birthday.

Subsequent interventions for both HIV-negative and HIV-positive youth must be “adolescent-centred,” occur within the socio-ecological context of young people and take advantage of the innovations and technologies that youth have easily incorporated into their daily lives.

In order to achieve the global goals of zero infections, zero discrimination and zero deaths, a sustained focus on HIV research, policy and advocacy for YKPs must occur.

In addition, adolescent deaths resulting from HIV continue to rise despite declines in other age groups.

There are also young key populations (YKPs) that bear disproportionate burdens of HIV and are the most vulnerable, including young men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender youth, young people who inject drugs, and adolescent and young adult sex workers.

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