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date: 15 November 2018

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This entry begins with a presentation of demographic data from the U.S. Census 2010 on the adolescent population 12 to 19 years by age, gender, and ethnicity. A summary of the information available on major issues and problems affecting adolescent populations is presented from numerous governmental and empirical research sources on the following topics: education, runaway and homeless youth, sexual behavior, substance abuse, suicide, victimization and criminal behavior, and texting while driving.

Keywords: adolescents, problems of adolescence, adolescents and education, adolescent sexual behavior, adolescent substance abuse, adolescents and STDs, adolescent suicide, adolescents and violence, runaway and homeless youth

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