By Silvia Bonino
The quantity provides a considerable contribution to the knowledge of adolescent hazard behaviors, informative and worthwhile for either scientist and practitioner. The chapters take care of all the key threat behaviors which are of shock at this developmental level: tobacco smoking, alcohol use, marijuana and different medications use, precocious and unprotected sexual habit, consuming issues, dicy behaviors, dicy using, deviant and delinquent habit. The e-book combines theoretical research and the results of a large learn venture, the place the a number of contexts within the ecology of day-by-day adolescent existence were thought of; the knowledge are according to huge normative samples and the presentation of findings is particularly available, depending all through on image illustration instead of statistical tables.
The e-book describes the various chance behaviors, exhibits the linkages between them, explains the capabilities served through a few of the possibility behaviors or the meanings they could have for the adolescent, examines how they range with age, intercourse, and different demographic features, demonstrates the influential position that the theoretical probability components and protecting elements play in adolescent possibility habit involvement. The study findings not just enhance the idea, yet they function an incredible advisor to the layout of intervention efforts to avoid or decrease adolescent involvement in probability behavior.
The emphasis of the authors at the have to increase protecting components which may advertise confident improvement, and at the have to offer possibilities for behaviors that may serve an identical reasons as chance behaviors do, yet with out compromising health and wellbeing and improvement, is salutary. this is often the foremost problem for all western modern societies to accomplish.
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Extra resources for Adolescents and Risk: Behavior, Functions, and Protective Factors
Sharing of actions and emotions. As was already pointed out in the discussion of identification and differentiation, individual identity is not constructed in a vacuum. The individual achieves and expresses individuality through the sharing of experiences, feelings, and emotions with others in the same age group. Many types of risk behavior, because they imply concrete, visible actions carried out with others, offer easy, tangible ways for adolescents to express their identity as part of a group in order to gain recognition, reputation, and popularity.
In terms of prevention, an analysis of functions and protective factors is essential. The former allows us to understand why risk behavior is so alluring and provides an indication of which other types of behavior can substitute for risk behavior; the latter directs the intervention in a positive way, even where the risk factors, as is often the case, cannot be eliminated or altered. This vast research project is cross-sectional in design. Within these limitations, a theoretically well based, cross-sectional design, can provide useful information about the variables that are related to risk behavior in the different age cohorts.
This would explain both the persistence in public opinion and in mass media of the negative view of adoles- Risk and Well-Being Individuals, in fact, are not externally regulated and do not act in an entirely passive way toward others of their age. Quite on the contrary, they actively select their peers, as we will see in greater detail in the chapter dedicated to psychoactive substances. Our research findings on this topic confirm that peer influence is much weaker than is commonly believed and does not necessarily counteract the influence of parents although peer influence is stronger where family relationships are lacking or are conflictual (Cattelino and Bonino 1999, 2000; Bonino 2000, 2001; Cattelino et al.
Adolescents and Risk: Behavior, Functions, and Protective Factors by Silvia Bonino