Sex, drugs and stereotypes.
Equality News, Summer.
“Three out of five 15 to 17 year-olds drink alcohol, youth poll finds.”
“One in four 15 to 17 year-olds have had sex – poll.”
“55% of young know of peer suicide attempts.”
These were the headlines on the front page of The Irish Times on three consecutive days last September when the results of a ‘youth poll’ carried out by TNS MRBI on behalf of the newspaper were published. On each day, in addition to the front page ‘news’ story, a further two full pages were devoted to the poll’s findings. In keeping with the headlines, these two-page ‘spreads’ were, on the first and second days respectively, devoted entirely to drink/drugs and sexual behaviour. The third day’s spread dealt with a broader range of issues (health, media consumption, religion, politics) but obviously in much less depth. Taken as a whole, the thrust of the series was to portray young people as being in one way or another ‘problematic’.
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||18 Aug 2006
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