The Press: Fun

Do teen-agers read advice columns, and do they believe what they read? To find out, the Mental Hygiene Association of Westchester County, N.Y. questioned 500 high-school sophomores. Most of them (436) did indeed read tips-to-the-teens columns, but usually "just for fun," not guidance. Sample reactions: "The writers don't think like teenagers, nor reason like them, nor understand them, so they are not fit to give advice."

Said the Mental Hygiene Association in a report published last week: "Although a very few columnists seem to have considerable understanding of teenagers, too much of the...

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