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					Trends In Adolescent
Risk Taking Behaviors


             Shannon Bailey
       Dakota County Public Health
      Adolescent Health Coordinator
          Phone: 651-554-6164
     shannon.bailey@co.dakota.mn.us   1
Adolescent
 Morbidity
   and
 Mortality

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      Adolescent Health
     Compromising Factors
•An immature brain
•A thrill seeking brain
•Hormones
•Lack of life experiences


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2010 Dakota County MN Student Survey

 • Surveys 6th, 9th and 12th grade MN students
   in public schools every three years
 • Survey data is analyzed by the MN Dept. of
   Education and sent to the school
   superintendents
 • Significance: 3% change


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              Substance Abuse
•56% of males and 58% of females reported
student use of alcohol or drugs is a problem at
their school
•69% of 9th graders reported no use of alcohol or
drugs in the past year, a 5% increase from 2007
•Among 9th graders only 14% of males and 9% of
females reported using tobacco in the past 30
days; however among 12th graders 44% of males
and 22% of females reported using tobacco

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                Marijuana Use

9th Grade                    12th Grade
10% Males                    30% Males
8% Females                   17% Females


• 9th grade use was unchanged from 2007
•12th grade male use increased by 6%
•12th grade female use was unchanged from 2007



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              Health Mental

Feel stress or pressure quite a bit or almost
more than they can take

  9th Grade           12th Grade
  24% Males           37% Males
  38% Females         51% Females


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             Health Mental

Feel so discouraged or hopeless that you
wondered if anything was worthwhile

 9th Grade          12th Grade
 11% Males          11% Males
 16% Females        11% Females


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     Suicide (Thoughts & Attempts)

Thoughts of suicide
  9th Graders
  19% Males        30% Females

Suicide attempts
  9th Graders
  5% Males       8% Females
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               Self Injury
6th Graders
23% Males     10% Females

9th Graders
12% Males     25% Females

12th Graders
12% Males    23% Females
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                  Seat Belt Usage
• Wearing seat belts while riding in a car
  increased in all grades for all students
• This behavior prevents the leading cause of
  adolescent fatalities
• Always wear a seat belt while riding in a car

    9th Grade             12th Grade
    69% Males             70% Males
    73% Females           79% Females

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            Sexual Activity
Ever had sexual intercourse
9th Grade              12th Grade
20% Males              55% Males
15% Females            49% Females




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              Sexual Activity


Always use a condom


9th Grade            12th Grade
59% Males            51% Males
51% Females          48% Females


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    Dakota County Births to Minors

• 74 births to minors, 4% increase from
  2008
• Youngest - 15-years-old (4)
• 32% of the fathers were 17-years-old
  or younger
• A sexually active teen who doesn’t
  use contraception has a 90% chance
  of getting pregnant within one year
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           Dakota County STDs
• 990 cases of STDs were reported among
  Dakota County residents in 2009

• Chlamydia – 883 cases, 146% increase
  from 2000-2009, 67% among 14-24 year-
  olds
• Gonorrhea – 91 cases, 67% increase
  among 14-24 year-olds
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             Violence in School

• Bullying experiences peak in 6th grade
• Among 6th graders, 57% of males and 38%
  of females report they had been pushed,
  shoved, or grabbed at school
• Gang activity is a problem in their school
    20% Males      15% Females (9th graders)


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 Video Games, Texting, On-line
Played video games 6 hours+/week
     43% Males       5% Females
Texting/Phone 6 hours+/week
     38% Males       59% Females
On-line 6 hours+/week
     22% Males       36% Females

9th Graders
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        What Does This All Mean?

•More Dakota County youth are
engaging in pro-social behaviors
•Risk taking significantly increases
between 9th and 12th graders
•Decreases in percentages of use does
not necessarily mean the level of use is
acceptable
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Connectedness




The super protector!   19
                  Parents
Can talk to dad about problems
 Male 71%        Female 60%

Can talk to mom about problems
 Male 80%      Female 90%

Parents talked to me about alcohol and drugs
  Male 50%            Female 56%               20
 Parents: You’re Not Alone!
• Get to know other parents

• Connect with your school prevention
  coordinators, nurse, guidance counselors

• Talk with your family physician



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    Your Influence Matters!
• Everyone makes decisions, not always
  good ones. No mater your age.
• Provide all of the information they need to
  make good decisions.
• Be there to help them work through the
  pros and cons of their decisions.
• Give them safe and positive ways to
  practice and experience decision making.

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       Dakota County Curfew
Under 12
Sunday – Thursday    9:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.
Friday & Saturday   10:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.

Age 12-14 years
Sunday – Thursday   10:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.
Friday & Saturday   11:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.

Age 15-17 years
Sunday – Thursday   11:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.
Friday & Saturday     Midnight - 5:00 a.m.
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Have you clearly stated your
      expectations?

Or have you implied them?

If you want to know for sure,
   ask them.


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 Dakota County Crisis Response Unit

•Phone: 952-891-7171 24/7
•Available to come to schools or to
 homes
•Available for
 consultation &
 intervention

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Data Source:

     Minnesota Student Survey
   http://education.state.mn.us
    Search: MN Student Survey




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