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In a 1998 USA Weekend exclusive survey of more than a quarter million teens -- one of the most extensive ever -- teens responded honestly about tackling their identity crisis.

An unprecedented 272,400 students wrote in and confessed their short-comings and exposed their passion to improve themselves. It is the number one issue still today among our kids: to carve out their identity and fit in with their peers remains paramount for teens. Some of the primary issues are as follows:

(1) Looks are key (only 4 in 10 youth said they feel attractive.)

(2) Faith is central (of the influences of their everyday lives, faith was second only to parents.)

(3) Depression is common (more than half said they occasionally feel “really depressed.”)

(4) Families don’t talk enough (one in five said they don’t talk to their parents more than 15 minutes a day.)

(2) (1998 USA Weekend Survey-Teens & Self Image-May 1-3)

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