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February 4, 1998

Protecting Adolescents From Harm

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(5):353-354. doi:10.1001/jama.279.5.353

To the Editor.—The study by Dr Resnick and colleagues,1particularly their findings regarding parent-family connectedness as a protective factor against emotional distress, is timely, given the destructive waves that are eroding the institution of the family in the United States. Their findings have important social policy implications, given the ever-increasing rates of marital dissolution (marriages that end in divorce are estimated at over 60%), single-parent families (over 30%), births to unwed mothers (over 30%), and the unprecedented increasing proportion of mothers in paid employment with toddlers and children younger than 6 years (over 60%).2Resnick and colleagues could have strengthened their conclusions by relating their findings to these current social trends.

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