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Adults Get Low Grade for Fighting 
Teen Drug Use


Summer 1999

Teenagers gave adults D-pluses for fighting youth drug, alcohol and tobacco use in a nationwide survey of children, 12 to 19 years old, conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited. The survey asked children to grade the nation's adults in several categories, ranging from stopping young people from using drugs to fighting AIDS. The highest grades received were B-minuses, while the lowest grades given out were D-pluses (Reuters, "Teens Give Adults a D+ in Fighting Youth Drug Use," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 3, 1999).

The Chicago-based Uhlich Children's Home, a youth social services organization, commissioned the survey in order to "turn the table on adults, and give teenagers a chance to grade adults on issues of importance to the well-being of young people," according to the Home's President Tom Vanden Berk. The survey used answers from 981 responders, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.

Teenage Research Unlimited - 707 Skokie Blvd., Suite 450, Northbrook, IL 60062, Tel: (847) 564-3440, E-mail: <>, Web: <>.

Uhlich Children's Home 3737 N. Mozart Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60618, Tel: (773) 588-0180, Fax: (773) 588-7762 Email: <>.