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Please read the following excerpt from an essay. The sentences are numbered to help you respond to the question that
follows. (1) After Sean was arrested for breaking into a pawnshop, I began to wonder. (2) Why did some kids from my
neighborhood end up in trouble while most of us didn't? (3) I started out with a question: What causes young people to make
bad choices? (4) Now, after two years of research, I've arrived at the conclusion that there is no simple answer. (5) There
is no one reason why good kids go bad, but there are typical reasons. (6) According to my research, teenagers are most
likely to get into trouble if they hang out with a bad crowd. (7) That's because people learn their values from the people
they associate with. (8) So a very big reason for bad behavior is imitating one's peers. (9) But there are other important
factors as well. (10) Kids who get in trouble are often school dropouts. (11) Also, kids being raised by a single mother are
more likely to get in trouble than kids raised in an intact family. (12) Substance abuse also plays a role, especially when
it comes to alcohol and legal or illegal drugs.
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