Dead Serious… About Life
- approximately 11 young people between the ages of 15-24 die every day by suicide
- in just a 24 hour time period, 1,439 teens will attempt suicide
- there are over 4,135 teen suicides (ages 15-24) each year.
- every 38 seconds, a teenager will attempt suicide
- suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds.
- 1 in 5 teens have seriously considered attempting suicide.
- teen suicide statistics reveal teen suicide rates have tripled since 1970.
- more than 1 in 12 had made a suicide attempt in the past year.
- each year, almost 750,000 women aged 15-19 become pregnant.
- There were 214,750 abortions among 15-19 year olds in 2002.
- 1106 teenager girls have abortions every day.
- every 60 seconds a child is born to a teen mother.
- one out of three 13 to 15 year olds have had sex.
- on average, music videos contain 93 sexual situations per hour, including eleven “hard core” scenes depicting behaviors such as intercourse and oral sex.
- 46% of all high school students report that they have had sexual intercourse.
- half of all new HIV infections occur among adolescents.
- 73% of all teens say that the reason they engage in sex is due to social pressure
- one in four sexually active teens become infected with an STD every year.
- 46% of those surveyed used no form of contraception.
- one out of four children live with only one parent.
- 500,000 children live in foster care.
- Each day, 3506 kids run away from home.
- one out of 3 children are born to unmarried parents.
- Each day, 2,989 kids find out that their parents are getting divorced.
- in 24 hours, 15,006 teens will use drugs for the first time.
- more than 60% of teens said that drugs were sold, used or kept at their schools.
- nearly one in five teens has tried prescription medication to get high.
- one in 10 teens reports abusing cough medicine to get high.
- marijuana use in the past year has more than doubled since 1992 among 10th graders.
- 50% of the junior high, middle school and high school students surveyed admitted involvement in some kind of drug related substance.
Alcohol & Drugs
- 78% of the survey high school students had their first drink before the age of 16.
- It is estimated that more than 3 million teenages in the US between the ages of 14-17 are problem drinkers..
- 80% of the high school students surveyed have consumed alcohol beyond a few sips before graduating from high school.
- 74% of high school students nationwide had one or more drinks of alcohol during their lifetime.
- Almost 11% of 8th graders, 22% of 10th graders, and 27% of 12th graders report binge drinking.
- in the last 30 days, 50% of teenagers report drinking with 32% being drunk at least on one occasion.
- each year, college students spend approximately $5.5 billion on alcohol – more than they spend on soft drinks, milk, juice tea, coffee and books combined.
- for 3 million Americans, cutting is a serious problem.
- of those surveyed, 72% were cutters, 30% self hitting, 22% hair pulling, 10% bone breaking, 5% burning.
- 1 in 5 teens say they have purposely injured themselves.
- 55% of the Christian teens surveyed said they were sexually active.
- by the age of thirteen, 43% of the “churched” teens had experiences sexual intercourse and 65% of the youth had engaged in fondling breast and/or sexual intercourse.
- less than 10% of the churched teens differed in their moral values and actions from non-christian teens.
- Josh McDowell, “Why Wait”
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1999 survey
- 2002 Kids Count Date Book by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
- The State of America’s Children: Yearbook 2000
- The Children’s Defense Fund: www.childrensdefense.org
- Survey by Carbondale, Illinois high school
- MADD’s web page: www.madd.org/stats/
- The State of America’s Children: Yearbook 2001
- 1998 American Association of Suicidology statistics
- National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. (1997). Whatever Happened to Childhood? The Problem of Teen Pregnancy in the United States. Washington, DC
- Analysis of Henshaw, S.K., U.S. Teenage Pregnancy Statistics
- New York: Alan Guttmacher Institute, May, 1996; and Forest, J.D.,
- Maynard, R.A., (Ed.). (1996). Kids Having Kids: A Robin Hood Foundation Special Report on the Costs of Adolescent Childbearing,
- Wolfe, B., & Perozek, M. (1997). Teen Children’s Health and Health Care Use. In R.A. Maynard (Ed..), Kids Having Kids: Economic Costs and Social Consequences of Teen Pregnancy,(pp. 181-203).
- George, R.M., & Lee, B.J. (1997). Abuse and Neglect of Children.