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A REPORT CHIDES AMERICA FOR NEGLECTING ADOLESCENTS

THE CLOSED DOOR, THE WRONG CROWD, the bad grades, the defiant clothes, the sullen demeanor, the telltale scents. Those are some of the warning signs of adolescence, signs that parents should heed--but too often ignore.

Last week the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development delivered a similar alert to America. In a report titled Great Transitions, the 27-member panel of scholars, scientists, members of Congress and former Cabinet officers concluded after a nine-year study that the nation is neglecting its 19 million young adolescents to such an extent that half of them may be irrevocably damaging their chances for productive and healthy...

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