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America’s Teenagers – Myths and Realities: Media Images, Schooling, and the Social Costs of Careless Indifference


reviewed by Rebecca Raby — 2004

coverTitle: America’s Teenagers – Myths and Realities: Media Images, Schooling, and the Social Costs of Careless Indifference
Author(s): Sharon L. Nichols, Thomas L. Good
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
ISBN: 0805848517, Pages: 264, Year: 2004
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Sharon L. Nichols and Thomas L. Good join a number of recent scholars concerned with the representation of today’s youth as problems to both themselves and the rest of society.  Covering a gamut of “trouble spots,” from violence and drug use, to poor eating habits, Nichols and Good sort the myths from the evidence to provide a comprehensive overview of challenges currently facing teenagers in the United States.  The authors conclude that a variety of media negatively and inaccurately represent youth in a way that sensationalizes and homogenizes them.  For example, while media representations of young people suggest that their violence, sexual activity and drug use have been increasing in recent years, Nichols and Good draw on various statistical surveys, most prominently the Public Agenda polls of 1997 and 1999, to indicate that teenage involvement in each of these activities has been decreasing.    Nichols and Good find that despite such decreases American young people are being not only maligned, but also ignored and neglected: “Increasingly, society is asking its... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2361-2363
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11365, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 3:11:46 PM

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