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Rise in minimum wage linked to fewer teen pregnancies Culture 

Rise in minimum wage linked to fewer teen pregnancies

United States (JR) – Raising the minimum wage results in lower teen birth rates, especially among white and Hispanic adolescents, a new study suggests. Elected leaders nationwide are continually debating the benefits and consequences of raising the minimum wage in cities, states and at the federal level. Arguments often focus on how local business could be impacted and whether workers really would earn more money, considering companies might cut employees’ hours to control costs. Scholars are examining the issue to help policymakers better understand the implications of a higher minimum wage. Much of the newest research focuses on how it Read More

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Rich teens, drug abuse and the importance of involved parents Featured Health 

Rich teens, drug abuse and the importance of involved parents

United States (JR) – Teenagers in wealthy American suburbs seem to have it all: a nice home, great opportunities. More often than other adolescents, they also seem to have a taste for drugs and alcohol. Researchers have documented higher levels of drug abuse and binge drinking in white, wealthy suburbs than in other communities. A 2017 survey of over 13,000 American high school students found that attendance at a school with high median family income was associated with more students engaging in this type of risky behavior. “These results highlight the central role of schools and peers in driving social norms and expectations affecting mental and behavioral Read More

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