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.

Genetic Basis of Substance Use and Dependence: Implications for Prevention in High-Risk Youth

Genetic Basis of Substance Use and Dependence: Implications for Prevention in High-Risk Youth

Genetic basis of substance use and dependence: Implications for prevention in high-risk youth

Adolescent tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use are widely recognized as major public health problems (Windle & Windle, 1999). According to recent data, 64% of adolescents reported ever having smoked cigarettes, 79% reported ever having consumed alcoholic beverages, and 26% reported having used illicit drugs in the last month (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2002d; Johnston, O'Malley, & Bachman, 2002; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA], 2001). After increasing steadily in the 1990s, rates of tobacco and alcohol use have recently leveled off or declined; however, rates of usage of most illicit drugs have continued to ...

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