TV tactics for troubled teens raise the risk

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TV tactics for troubled teens raise the risk

January 27, 2013 — “Terrifying teens by making them lie in coffins, forcing them to spend a night on a frigid street or a bare prison cell— these harsh measures are used in reality shows in an attempt to put delinquents back on the straight and narrow.  But the strategies may make for better TV than treatment.” Maia Szalavitz, at Time magazine, examines TV show scare tactics, pointing to studies that show that teens subjected to these harsh regimes are far more likely to commit crimes than are those who receive no intervention at all.

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