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15 Percent of U.S. Teens Think They'll Die Young
Date:6/29/2009

strategies -- intervention programs like the ones we have that work with kids around mental health issues -- to get kids to be more optimistic," she said. "And it's also very important to have physicians and other clinicians recognize that these expectations of an early death as a marker for high-risk behavior."

"But you also have to dig down a little deeper and look at the structural situation that make kids lose optimistic in the first place," Sonenstein said. "That's equally important."

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The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more on adolescent mental health.



SOURCES: Iris Wagman Borowsky, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Freya Sonenstein, Ph.D., professor and director, Center for Adolescent Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; July 2009 Pediatrics


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