A recent article (2022) published in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, highlighted an upcoming study in Florida which focuses on gauging the prevalence and impact of moderate and severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in justice-involved youths. In this projected three-year study, aims include determining which treatments might help those youth complete their education, succeed at work, and prevent them from cycling in and out of detention.
Recent surveys show that 9 out of 10 American teenagers have a smartphone and many spend hours per day using it to watch videos, play games, and communicate via social media. As the use of smartphones and social media has become increasingly more common among teens, the impact of technology has also become an increasing concern among parents and those who work with youths. Perhaps this is even more true given the global pandemic, as the closures of schools as well as social distancing measures have led to limited access to in-person social opportunities.
The results of a New York Times survey of 7,700 high school students was released earlier this year, confirming what most professionals working with at-risk adolescents already knew: School and other community programs provide a feeling of connectedness and a buffer to what is happening at home for these teens. The pandemic removed these supports from teens with problem homes, causing them to feel less safe. In this article, Dawn Pflugradt and David Prescott look at the ongoing consequences of the pandemic, and what professionals can do to help alleviate these effects and improve outcomes.