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    Capstone Project: Resolutions (Teen Alcohol Abuse)

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    Once again, congratulations are in order. You are now ready to complete the last part of the Capstone Project. This week continues the problem resolution that began last week. Specifically, this week you will select one of the problem resolutions generated in Week 8 to include in your Capstone Project. You will critically analyze the resolution based on the considerations noted in the "Problem Solving Template," as well as consider the feedback received from your peers

    Generate a potential resolution to a problem/issue
    Explain advantages and disadvantages of a potential resolution to a problem/issue
    Explain challenges and barriers to implementing the resolution
    There are no Learning Resources this week. Please proceed to this week's Application.

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    Problem Resolution: Capstone Project


    According to the CDC (2015), "Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens...In 2011, about 2,650 teens in the United States aged 16-19 were killed and almost 292,000 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor-vehicle crashes. That means that seven teens ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries." With the American population represented at 14% by those aged 15-24, the fact that this sub-population account for 30% of all motor vehicle injuries among males (around $19 billion in total costs) and 28% among all females (around $7 billion in total costs) certainly points to a conclusion that there is an issue or a cause that drives up these problematic statistics. For teens arrested and taken into juvenile courts for juvenile crime ranging from status offences (i.e. underage smoking, drunk and disorderly incidents, etc.), property crime and violent crime, abuse of alcohol figures into their behavior. Studies have shown that outside of the status offence of underage drinking, property crimes committed by adolescents were done while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and similar can be said about violent crimes. One example of this is a 17-year old male who was beaten to near-death by another group of young men while all were drunk after attending a party. Because of the ability of teens to access alcohol and the fact that consuming alcohol is a social activity and considered normative, most adolescents view it as acceptable, even desirable. Drinking alcohol can easily turn to addiction; since alcohol leads to loss of control, bad things can happen when teens are under the influence of alcohol, or worse, drunk as in the case of teen DUI.

    Main Causes & Resolutions

    To provide workable solutions, it's important to center on the major causes of problem. I have focused on these 3 as follows:
    1. Peer Pressure - teen social culture, popular media and normalization of alcohol as consumable beverage from daily get together to social events creates the idea that alcohol consumption is okay, even highly ...

    Solution Summary

    The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of putting together a Capstone Project's resolutions/solutions. The subject tackled is teen alcohol abuse, particularly DUIs. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.