By Silvia Bonino
This informative and necessary quantity presents a considerable contribution to the certainty of adolescent threat habit. The publication combines theoretical research and the findings of a broad-based learn venture, with obtainable presentation all through.
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3). People construct their identities through social interaction that begins with a physical body to which both the individual and others assign an identity. This means that in adolescence, the construction of one’s identity occurs through the redefinition and construction of new relationships with adults and peers. The functions of various types of risk behavior in adolescence are closely associated precisely because they are all connected to the construction of an autonomous adult identity. As already mentioned, both risky and healthy behavior can carry out the same functions in the process of constructing one’s identity and redefining one’s relationships.
The use of legal drugs can perform the same function if the adolescent’s environmental context regards it as inappropriate for the adolescent’s particular age and gender. Transgression is also emphasized by the “in-between” condition in which ado- 27 28 CHAPTER 1 Risk Behavior in Adolescence lescents live, relegated to a carefree dimension that is entirely separate from the adult world (Crockett 1997) in which rules may be seen as arbitrary and incomprehensible. Transgression can even be achieved through different means, such as violating the conventions and traditions of the family surrounding vacations or the celebration of holidays.
Therefore, cognitive, emotional, and social aspects are closely connected to the development of both Self and identity. Identity is related to the social roles, beliefs, and values imposed by society. If on a personal level identity is experienced by each of us as a coherent sense of unity with the Self, even when we take on different roles at different times (phenomenological aspect), identity appears to others as a belief in certain values and an orientation toward a profession, role, or vocation (behavioral aspect).
Adolescents and risk: Behaviors, functions and protective factors by Silvia Bonino