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Family and Child Development

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Adolescent Bullying

Most adults can remember a time when they were teased at school. This teasing could have been friendly or mean-spirited. Teachers, parents, therapists, and researchers have become more concerned about teasing that leads to bullying. According to recent studies, between 20-40% of U.S. teenagers report being bullied three or more times during the past year. Between 7-15% report bullying others three or more times during the past year.

May 1, 2009 350-852
Adolescent Depression

Many of us think of teen years as moody, turbulent ones. While it is true that most teenagers have emotional ups and downs, recent research suggests that such moodiness isn’t necessarily a normal part of the teen years. In fact, teens who seem sad or down for more than a few weeks may actually be experiencing depression.

May 1, 2009 350-851
Adolescent Growth and Development

Adolescence is a time of many transitions for both teens and their families. To ensure that teens and adults navigate these transitions successfully, it is important for both to understand what is happening to the teen physically, cognitively, and socially; how these transitions effect teens; what adults can do; and what support resources are available.

May 1, 2009 350-850
Adolescents and Sex

Many parents, teachers, and others who work with teens wonder how to address the topic of teens and sex.

May 1, 2009 350-853
Families Taking Charge: Accepting Your Feelings

People respond to unemployment with many feelings:  anger, anxiety, outrage, self-doubt. They may be hostile -- lashing out at those closest to them. Or, they may become moody and depressed. Their tension may show up as restlessness, loss of appetite, loss of interest in sex, insomnia, and feelings of apathy and exhaustion. While some of these symptoms may be unpleasant,
they are normal, predictable reactions of people experiencing a loss or critical change in their lives.

May 1, 2009 354-094
Families Taking Charge: Helping Children Cope

Losing a job affects all members of the family. Adults frequently become so preoccupied they forget unemployment has an emotional, as well as financial, impact on their children.

May 1, 2009 354-097
Families Taking Charge: Helping Teens Cope with Parents' Unemployment

Sometimes, through no fault of their own, parents find themselves without a job. A factory may close, sales may be down or health may fail. Whatever the cause, unemployment affects everyone in the family.

May 1, 2009 354-095
Families Taking Charge: Maintaining Health

When times get tough you can’t afford to let your health decline! A sound body and mind are the most important resources you have to help you make hard decisions and seek solutions to difficult problems. The formula for good health is really pretty simple - exercise, eat a healthy diet, and get enough rest and sleep. Let’s take these one at a time.

May 1, 2009 354-104
Families Taking Charge: Sources of Friendship and Support

People experiencing unemployment report they feel better if they have the support of family and friends. Your informal support networks are the personal ties you have with others.

May 1, 2009 354-096
Families Taking Charge: What's Next? May 1, 2009 354-106
Moving Ahead Together: What Works For Youth... What Works For You?

In March 1999, and January, May, and August of 2000, CSREES/USDA funded the Adolescent Growth and Development Training (AGDT), “Moving Ahead Together: What Works for Youth, What Works for You?”[AGDT CSREES/USDA training]. Forty-two teams of Cooperative Extension personnel from 37 states and the territory of Guam attended these trainings

May 1, 2009 350-803
Ongoing community-based program implementation, successes, and obstacles: The National Youth at Risk Program Sustainability Study

The National Youth at Risk Programs Sustainability Study was designed to examine the sustainability of Youth at Risk projects initially funded through the USDA/CSREES CYFAR (Children, Youth, and Families at risk) Initiative. The current report focuses on 94 Youth at Risk (YAR) projects four years after their initial grant ended and represents the latest in a series of reports focused on the sustainability of these projects.

May 1, 2009 350-804
Patterns of Project Survival

The central questions addressed in this brief report are: What is the current status of Youth at Risk projects originally funded by this USDA initiative? What are the dominant ways that projects have continued? What are the past and present roles of Cooperative Extension in supporting community-based projects?

May 1, 2009 350-800
The National Youth At Risk Program Sustainability Study

The National Youth at Risk Program Sustainability Study is an analysis of 94 community- based projects funded from 1991 to 1998 by the Children, Youth and Families At Risk (CYFAR) Initiative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES).

May 1, 2009 350-801