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Over recent years parents with young daughters have become concerned on the abundance of sexual content expressed by daughters’ role models. Famous celebrities today such as Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan are often perceived negatively to adults because of their lack of maturity in handling their riches. Spears and Lohan have a similar history of scandalous relationships, illegal drugs, and risqué clothing. Parents today are worried about how their actions can directly influence their daughters. Nancy T. Mugele, who works in communications at Roland Park County School in Baltimore claims that girls in middle school tend to retain information from the media and try to copy it. This is a “monkey-see-monkey-do” pattern. When girls aren’t trying to imitate their star role models, they are trying to imitate each other as well. According to a journalism professor at UNC Chapel Hill, Jane D. Brown, media can become a type of “sexual superpeer.” Some observers believe that negative media exposure creates a normalcy for drinking, smoking, and sexual behaviors, and that it could be “maturing” girls too early in their lives.
The study conducted stresses mainly on the negative aspects of communications, but fails to focus on how it could have positive results. Stories published about Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan getting busted for drugs and being put in rehab or jail could have a positive influence on, they could possibly learn from their mistakes, and learn the things that can get them into trouble. After all, there are so many opportunities for girls to succeed in today’s world. Girls are participating sports, academics, and the job market, they have a more positive social structure than ever before. Sex surveys suggest that the average age of first sexual intercourse for a girl is age seventeen, which hasn’t changed in the past twenty years. It is possible that society is more accepting or suggestive behavior than it has been in the past, its also possible that young girls aren’t being negatively influenced by it.
Deveny, K., Kelley, R., Reno, J., Springen, K., Meadows, S., Underwood, A., & Scelfo, J. (2007). Girls Gone Bad? (Cover story). Newsweek, 149(7), 40-47.


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In this article written by CNN staff on October 15th 2013, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the country of Japan.  It was approximately 200 miles away from Japan, located in the Pacific Ocean. About three billion dollars of damages have been evaluated.  This is not the first time that Japan has had huge natural disasters hit them, making many casualties as well. In 2011, an earthquake with the magnitude of 9.0 hit the Fukushima prefectures, with about 15,000 deaths. This has had a huge impact on the country’s economy since they always have to rebuild.

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When students make a transfer in their lives from adolescence to adulthood, it tends to be a very stressful part of their lives. They start to learn about themselves, are given more freedom than they know what to do with, and are also given a lot more responsibilities with that freedom. These can all be stressful events.

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