Risky behaviors in girls vs. boys

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Stephen Wallace: In prevention, we’ve always known that boy risk behavior outpaces girl risk behavior. In other words, boys are more likely to be drinking more likely to be drinking heavily, more likely to be using drugs, more likely to engage in violence, and more likely to be successful in committing suicide. But what we’ve seen over the last 4, 5, 6 years, our trend logs is showing that girls are gaining ground. And in my most recent research, I've actually have found that in some areas, girls are now outpacing the boys and setting the pace for boys. With regard to drinking and drug use for example. There’s lots of reasons for that, or a lot of hypotheses for that and those include the fact that we’re treating girls more like boys and boys more like girls in an attempt to level the playing field. I talk about that in my book. There’s also a sense that the alcohol industry, for example, is marketing more heavily towards girls. Creating flavored drinks and things that appeal more to girls than to boys. And this might be leading to heavier rates of alcohol use among girls.

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Stephen Gray Wallace, MS Ed

School Psychologist & Author

Stephen Gray Wallace, director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE), has broad experience as a school psychologist and adolescent and family counselor. He is also the senior advisor for policy, research, and education at SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), an organization he served as national chairman and chief executive officer for more than fifteen years. 

Stephen serves the Cape Cod Sea Camps as a resident camp director and the director of counseling and counselor training and the American Camp Association as a feature magazine writer, media spokesperson and faculty member at its e-Institute for Professional Development, a role he also plays for the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The White House, the American Camp Association, SADD, Camping Magazine, and the Susquehanna University Alumni Association have formally honored Stephen for being a tireless and passionate advocate for youth.

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