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Teen Interest & Issues

Examine the topic of teen interest and issues, which includes the trends and activities engaged in by American teenagers as well as the challenges they face in modern culture. Many of the challenges faced by adolescents are common to this age group regardless of the time period in which they came of age, such as problems with self-esteem and bullying, teenage pregnancy, and drug and alcohol abuse.

Teenagers in the 21st century are defined by the technology they use, having grown up in an age when computers and technology are ubiquitous and integrated with every facet of life. Therefore, most adolescents are drawn to technology for their leisure pursuits, which include video games; social media sites, like Instagram and Snapchat; and YouTube videos. Research shows that teenagers spend five to six hours a day texting, chatting, gaming, web surfing, streaming and sharing videos, and hanging out online.

On the flip side, technology also has created significant issues for teenagers that became prevalent problems in their generation, such as cyberbullying and smartphone addiction. Some researchers have also demonstrated a link between adolescent mental health problems and internet overuse, as they spend less time with their friends in person and unfavorably compare their own lives with the unrealistic images they see online.

Other challenges faced by teenagers include the rise in school shootings, which has sparked an activist movement led by the survivors of a 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Teen Interest & Issues Resources

Gale provides scholarly resources to dive into teenage interests and issues, including databasesprimary source archives, and eBooks.


Gale databases offer researchers access to credible, up-to-date content from teen publications.

Primary Source Archives

Gale Primary Sources offers archives and collections that provide researchers with firsthand content, including publications, newspapers, and much more, that can be used to examine and analyze the evolution of teen interests and issues over time.

Gale eBooks

Gale offers a variety of eBooks covering a wide range of topics, including mental health, anxiety in adolescents, and more. Users can add Gale eBooks to a customized collection and cross-search to pinpoint the article most relevant to the topic. Workflow tools help users easily share, save, and download content.

  • Cameron's Collection

    Cameron's Collection

    When teenagers are struggling with mental health issues, they need confidential resources they can trust. Cameron’s Collection helps erase stigma and supports the whole student when they need it most.

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  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks: Your Questions Answered, 1st Edition

    Anxiety and Panic Attacks: Your Questions Answered, 1st Edition

    Greenwood Publishing Group | 2018 | ISBN-13: 9781440852992

    This title addresses questions about social anxiety versus shyness or introversion, cultural aspects of anxiety disorders, why some suffer from panic attacks while others don’t, what therapy and medications are available, how family and friends can help, and much more, presenting information in a question-and-answer format that makes finding the desired information easy. The book begins with a “Guide to Health Literacy” section that explains what health literacy is, provides readers with tools to improve their health literacy, and then examines five myths and misconceptions about anxiety and supplies five case studies that provide real-world context and reinforce the concepts discussed in the book. All of the titles in this series are specifically designed to provide readers with authoritative yet accessible answers to their questions in a concise, targeted resource that they can trust to be medically accurate.

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  • Careers for Creative People: Careers in Fashion, 1st Edition

    Careers for Creative People: Careers in Fashion, 1st Edition

    ReferencePoint Press | 2020 | ISBN-13: 9781682826805

    People who are passionate about fashion are, by nature, also creative. And they have many career choices that combine those qualities, such as fashion designer, fashion illustrator, retail buyer, and stylist, just to name a few. What the jobs entail, what they pay, and future prospects are discussed, along with insight from industry experts.

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  • Teen Guide to Mental Health, 1st Edition

    Teen Guide to Mental Health, 1st Edition

    ReferencePoint Press | 2020 | ISBN-13: 9781682827543

    Today’s teenagers face and are expected to deal with a wide array of personal, social, and other concerns involving homelife, school, dating, body image, sexual orientation, major life transitions— and in some cases physical and mental problems, including eating disorders and depression. This volume examines the ways many adolescents have learned to cope with and survive these often- stressful trials and tribulations of modern youth.

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  • Teen Voices: Real Teens Discuss Real Problems: Teens Talk About Anxiety and Depression, 1st Edition

    Teen Voices: Real Teens Discuss Real Problems: Teens Talk About Anxiety and Depression, 1st Edition

    Rosen Young Adult | 2018 | ISBN-13: 9781508176398

    In real teens’ voices, this engaging book offers comfort and advice for young people dealing with their own mental health issues or those of a loved one. A compilation of true stories by young adults facing the challenges of anxiety and depression, the book features compelling first-person accounts of panic attacks, suicidal depression, and self-harm, among other topics. Each contributor brings a unique perspective to the discussion of mental illness, and the relatable tone helps readers connect with a concern of great relevance to their own lives.

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  • The Youth Unemployment Crisis: A Reference Handbook, 1st Edition

    The Youth Unemployment Crisis: A Reference Handbook, 1st Edition

    ABC-CLIO | 2019 | ISBN-13: 9781440859755

    This book examines the recent phenomenon in the United States wherein young workers ages 16 to 24 are unemployed or disconnected from the labor force at disproportionate rates. It describes in detail what led to the crisis, who it affects, and what can and is being done about it. The book opens with a chapter that addresses the nature and scope of the crisis, which is followed by a discussion of the inherent problems, controversies, and possible solutions. It includes essays from a diverse range of contributors, providing useful perspectives to round out the author’s expertise as well as a collection of data and documents; an overview of important people, organizations, and resources relating to the crisis; a chronology listing important events in the youth unemployment timeline; and a glossary of key terms.

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