I'm about to start doing some work in a school addressing young people's experiences of 'Risky Behaviour' with a view to creating a preventative media campaign. We will be working with a group of 14-16 years old girls who the school feels are 'most at risk'. We'll be giving them the chance to explore and express their experiences using different artforms before distilling their ideas into a high impact viral film designed to have a positive impact amongst their peers.
The group of girls are very visible within their school community and therefore we feel they are the best people to devise and deliver a credible accurate message about risk taking. We imagine that the kind of issues they may be talking about will be; substance misuse, legal highs, alcohol, teen-pregnancy, domestic violence, self-harm etc.
I've heard some shocking statistics anecdotally;
"14-16 year old girls have seen the highest increase in stroke-rate in comparison with other age groups."
"last year there was a 50% rise in violent crime committed by young women"
I also read this article which is really interesting : After Feminism - What are girls supposed to do?
"The message is that for modern teenage girls the encouragement to do
better, look better and have more has become almost unbearable.
I'm looking for some good research trends and statistics specific to girls of this age group as I'd like to present them to the group to get a context for their own experience.
Does anyone know of any useful material?