OKLAHOMA CITY – It can be a risky business being a teenager in Oklahoma these days.
A decade-long OU study that was just released shows alcohol and drug use, violence and gang affiliations are just some of the dangerous issues.
But the study found the most worrisome high-risk behavior is sexual activity resulting in teen pregnancies.
According to the study, Oklahoma has the fifth highest teen pregnancy rate in the country.
One of the answers to the problem may surprise you.
The study showed teens are less likely to become pregnant if they feel connected at school.
The study showed a strong spiritual life helped teens avoid the pitfalls of teen pregnancy and other harmful choices.
The family plays such an important role as well.
Kids who report being connected at school and have strong family communication are twice as likely not to experience thoughts of suicide or to attempt suicide.
The study has just been published online by the Journal of Adolescent Health.