Adolescents confront issues of sexual activity, sexual orientation, violence, alcohol abuse and depression.
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Debbie Brie ...
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Deborah Roffman ...
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John Gray ...
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Carmen Hernandez ...
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Robin Maltz ...
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Eric Rodriguez ...
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David Kilmnick ...
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Andy Pachulli ...
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Fath Jobin ...
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Bob Peebles ...
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Bill Manch ...
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Sandra Levy ...
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Ed Levy ...
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Adolescents confront issues of sexual activity, sexual orientation, violence, alcohol abuse and depression.

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13 year old kids need a lot of parental involvement, guidance and supervision!
13 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This HBO documentary may prove useful to parents of middle school kids, as it explores the various traps and pitfalls that kids get into. It shows the details of different problem areas (sex, violence, depression, alcohol) and how parental meetings and professional help can turn problem kids around. It ends on a mostly positive note, fortunately.

On the sex issue it was clear that peer pressure forces young girls to become actively sexually, prematurely.

On the violence issue it showed how role-playing helped kids to avoid violent confrontations.

On the depression issue it showed a family with strong genetic predisposition and yet how shocked the parents were to discover their child was depressed and thinking of suicide. Fortunately, he received professional help and medication which successfully helped to turn things around.

On the alcohol issue the documentary showed how easy it is for kids to obtain alcohol and experiment with it. Families with a strong history of alcoholism are most vulnerable and sometimes strong measures are needed to prevent further addiction. Kids made it clear they will not rat on other kids.


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