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The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens after High School

Tim Clydesdale


Wild parties, late nights, and lots of sex, drugs, and alcohol. Many assume these are the things that define an American teenager's first year after high school. But the reality is really quite different. As this book reports, teenagers generally manage the increased responsibilities of everyday life immediately after graduation effectively. But, like many good things, this comes at a cost. Tracking the daily lives of fifty young people making the transition to life after high school, the book reveals how teens settle into manageable patterns of substance use and sexual activity; how they meet ... More

Keywords: American teenager, increased responsibilities, graduation, substance use, sexual activity, postsecondary education, financial expectations, mainstream culture, national politics, global issues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226110653
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226110677.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Clydesdale, author