Reducing Adolescent Risk: Toward an Integrated Approach focuses on common influences that result in a number of interrelated risk behaviors in order to design more unified, comprehensive prevention strategies. Edited by Daniel Romer, this book summarizes presentations and discussions held at the Adolescent Risk Communication Institute of the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg Public Policy Center. Concentrating on common causes for varied risk behaviors, a group of leading researchers and intervention specialists from different health traditions synthesize current knowledge about risks to adolescent health in several areas, including drugs and alcohol, tobacco, unprotected sex, suicide and depression, and gambling.   Primarily intended for graduate students, scholars, and researchers in psychology, sociology, social work, and public health, Reducing Adolescent Risk is also an extraordinary resource for policy makers in government organizations and foundations.

Prospects for an Integrated Approach to Adolescent Risk Reduction

Prospects for an Integrated Approach to Adolescent Risk Reduction

Prospects for an integrated approach to adolescent risk reduction

One of the concerns that motivated the Reducing Adolescent Risk Conference was the observation that prevention researchers frequently focus on only one or two risk behavior outcomes. In addition, they all too often fail to assess potential mediators of risk behavior that might help to explain covariation among risk behaviors. For example, smoking prevention researchers focus on reductions in smoking without assessing potential mediators of their intervention that might generalize to other risk behaviors that are comorbid with tobacco use. We will not be able to develop more comprehensive interventions until we develop better theory and measurement of potential causal pathways that underlie multiple risk behaviors. We know ...

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