Health picture brighter for youth

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 12, 2012 - 10:53 PM

Racial gaps persist, but state saw broad declines in smoking, drinking and teen sex.

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markerminnDec. 12, 12 9:26 AM

P.A.R.E.N.T.S. This is not a reflection of race. It is a reflection of parents who should step up and overcome their own (pick your term) cultural, community, or social group self imposed stereotypes. The "momentum" of a particular group cannot be managed from outside. The members of that group must also take responsibility for their kids (that's you baby daddy), and move them forward. Accountability.

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IDnotrequiredDec. 12, 1211:17 AM

Well said markerminn

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nointentionDec. 12, 1211:26 AM

I cannot begin to imagine the disparities a child/teen is faced with when living in poverty. It impacts every single part of a person's life. We need more leaders who understand poverty and can look at it outside a Caucasian/middle-upper class viewpoint.

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aodabuseDec. 12, 1212:05 PM

nointention -- I couldn't agree more. Not sure why your comment has gotten more thumbs down than thumbs up, but it's right on the money.

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quincy7981Dec. 12, 1212:10 PM

A racial gap is an imporant thing to recognize and address, but whenever these stories are reported as "Racial Gap Exists," the critical question is always left out. That is, when you control for income and education, is there still a gap. The problem that occurs when you don't address that question is that it appears as though race (or discrimination, etc.) is the cause of the gap in and of itself, when race may be entirely spurious to the issue (correlation and not causation). It is likely that income level and education are the cause of the gap and that race gaps emerge as a symptom but not the root cause. Again, that's not to downplay the importance of a racial gap, but if we're just looking at the result and not the cause, then we never define the true problem and we can't possibly hope to fix it.

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moron100Dec. 12, 1212:43 PM

aodabuse - the reason nointention got more thumbs down is he is blaming white. it is not their fault. I was a poor white kid and we were poor. Race has nothing to do with being poor. We worked our way out of being poor. Glad to see teenage pregnancy drop for everyone. good news for society.

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sailing64Dec. 12, 12 1:02 PM

The caption of the attached picture indicates this is Chanhassen High School. There was just an article a few weeks back in the Tribune that indicated the level of mental health issues that were prevalent in this same school. Not sure why this then would equate to a necessarily "healthy" environment although it may be healthier than others. This school district is not immune to drinking and drugs.

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quincy7981Dec. 12, 12 2:40 PM

Someone please tell me why you would provide negative feedback/thumbs down to my comment about making sure these studies control for income and education (of the parents) before jumping to the conclusion that the racial gap is indeed caused by race/discrimination instead of another variable. I am honestly curious.

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noadjustmentDec. 12, 12 2:54 PM

Both of my parents grew up in poverty on rural farms during the depression and even in their mid 80's they are some fo the healthiest people on the planet. Both families had houses with dirt floors, no running water and an outhouse. Amzingly they survuved without computers, TVs, cellphones or video games. This "health gap" along with behavioral problems is often blamed on poverty. But those that grew up in "poverty" know that this is not the root cause.

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marathongirlDec. 12, 12 3:00 PM

quincy7981 - because the article specifically identifies a race gap, without accounting for the simple poverty that might exist in any group. It should specify that, not race, as the problem.

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