Part 3: The Generation Gap
Mother and Daughter
Parents view: The values to teach children
In 2014, The Pew Research Center asked parents with at least one child younger than 18 which three were the most important of these 12 qualities the parents considered "especially important to teach children."
Most important      Especially important  
 
Being responsible54% 94%
Hard work44% 92%
Helping others22% 86%
Being well-mannered21% 86%
Independence17% 79%
Creativity10% 72%
Empathy15% 67%
Persistence11% 67%
Tolerance  8% 62%
Obedience12% 62%
Religious faith31% 56%
Curiousity  2% 52%
 
Parents view: After high school

About 90 percent of American parents think that a college education is imporatnt for their child's future. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 68.4 percent of high school graduates were enrolled in college at the start of the 2014 academic year.

Of those who do plan or are going to college, though, there is a wide disconnect between teens and parents who would pay the bill, according to a 2015 survey by Junior Achievement USA and The Allstate Foundation.

48%16%
of 13 to 18 year old teens think that their parents will help pay for college.of parents with 13 to 18 year old teens plan to pay for college.
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Adult Man
From Part 1: Most commonly reported sources of stress
Adults: Money, jobs and changing economic conditions
Money71% Work69% Economy59% 
Teens: Getting into a good school or what to do after high school
School83% After graduation69% Family finances65% 
SOURCE: "Stress in America: Are Teens Adopting Adults' Stress Habits." American Psychological Association
From Part 2: Substance abuse

Teens having ever used alcohol dropped from 74.1percent in 1994 to 50.5 percent in 2014, according to a report from Texas' Region 6 Prevention Resource Center. The rate of lifetime tobacco use by teens has declined by more than half from 54.5 percent in 1994 to 22.4 percent in 2014. The rate of teen marijuana use has declined only slightly in the past 20 years, from 25.3 percent in 1994 to 23.2 percent in 2014. The report cited a 2014 Texas School Survey that noted "one of the most effective protective factors are parental involvement and clear expectations of behavior."

85.1%77.1%84.5%
of Region 6 students in grades 7-12 report their parents would disapprove of tobacco use.of Region 6 students in grades 7-12 report their parents would disapprove of alcohol use.of Region 6 students in grades 7-12 report their parents would disapprove of marijuana use.
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NEXT WEEK: Local teenagers share their stories

Teenagers are dealing with stress levels that rival that of adults, according to the American Psychological Association. Stressors include school, not only their school work but the pressure to get into a good college, and financial concerns. While there is such a thing as good stress, bad stress can produce symptoms including insomnia, physical aches and pains and mood swings.

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