The Correlation Between School Drop Out Rates And Addiction
While an effective education of all American children is generally considered an important goal, based on research from the National Center for Education Statistics, one in four American students will drop out of school before graduation – a tendency that is particularly rampant among black and Hispanic than whites or Asians students.
High absenteeism rates, low education and skill levels, low rates of school engagement, low parental education, work or family obligations, problematic or rebellious behavior are among the most common factors that increase a student’s risk of dropping out.
A vast majority of school dropouts has been shown to be strongly tied to socioeconomic status. Children who come from a low-income home are 2.4 times more likely to drop out than middle-income or those from wealthier families because poorer students must focus on other responsibilities. It is during this time that these students will pick up destructive habits such as drug drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes or marijuana and using other illegal drugs.
While such findings should prompt communities to develop strategies to keep teenagers in school and away from drugs, it is not uncommon for adolescents to experiment with psychoactive substances because it is during this experimental stage of human development that is characterized by various biological and social changes that impact the habits of adult life and the constant exposure to alcohol and drug advertisement is certainly not helping.
This begs the question, what is really causing school dropouts because there are children from very poor, minority, abusive, or neglectful backgrounds who are attending school and graduating with flying colors. What motivates such children and what is making it challenging for others to stay in school.
The moment a child’s behavior starts to be affected negatively due to bad influences or taking drugs, yet goes unnoticed is the moment that child’s life becomes a statistic. Will understanding the science behind teenage behavior better equip parents to prepare their children to avoid drugs and alcohol in the future?
Because the normal teenage behavior, that range anywhere from reckless risk taking and sudden outbursts of mood swings can be baffling, unpredictable, and often challenging to deal with, but it is during this time any child can be molded into an incredibly proactive and responsible human being because the teenage part of the brain that controls reasoning and impulses is still on training wheels and yet to perform at optimal adult levels.
Many skills can be fine-tuned during the teen years, but oftentimes, when a child errs, society has a way of ruling them out and calling them delinquents. Each one of us has an over-active impulse to seek pleasure, but the difference is that teenagers have less ability to consider the consequences, a factor that makes them particularly defenseless when it comes to the alluring temptations of drugs and alcohol.
Spotting issues with teenage drug use earlier rather than later can go a long way in alleviating future dependency and drug-related school dropouts.