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Entries by Maia Szalavitz from 02/2006

Targeting Teen Tarts

| Posted 02.02.2006 | Entertainment
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This week's New York Magazine contains a curious cover story, focusing on a group of Stuyvesant High School students who call themselves "the cuddle puddle," and who are fluid in their sexual identities.

Tough Talk On 'Tough Love'

| Posted 02.03.2006 | Huffington Post

'Tough love' residential programs -- like boot camps and behavior modification centers -- have never been proven safe or effective by research. In fact, "there is some evidence that they may make the problem worse."

Part II: Genuinely Serious Teen Problems v. Those Most Likely to Be Outgrown and What to Do About Them

| Posted 02.10.2006 | Huffington Post

When reporting on youth issues, the media focuses largely on sex, drugs and violence--using statistics selectively to obscure the fact that by all available measures today's kids are doing better than their parents did.

Media Botches Drug Trends

| Posted 02.13.2006 | Huffington Post

From the New York Daily News ("More teen girls than boys into sex and drugs") to Ohio's Canton Repository ("Girls Smoking, Drinking at Higher Rates than Boys"), readers and viewers could have been forgiven for thinking that rehabs were about to morph into sorority houses.

Teen Boot Camp Death

| Posted 02.15.2006 | Huffington Post

Why, nearly ten years after research showed conclusively that boot camp programs are neither safe nor effective, are state governments still funding and operating them themselves?

Bush Administration Links Between Torture, Tough Love

| Posted 02.21.2006 | Huffington Post

The man heading Libby's defense fund was the founder of what is now known to be one of the most abusive "rehab" programs for teenagers in US history.

Tough Love 3: Questions

| Posted 02.21.2006 | Huffington Post

In my last posts on this topic, I explored what I'd learned when researching my new book, Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parent...

Boot Camp Death Connections

| Posted 02.23.2006 | Politics
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Jeb Bush continues to say that boot camp programs are "worth having" and others in the state will remain open. I'd like to know why.

From Tough Love to Abu Ghraib

| Posted 02.27.2006 | Huffington Post

A country that allows such treatment of any kids, even "bad" kids, is surely less likely to oppose use of outright torture on terrorist suspects.