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.

Health Risk Takers and Prevention

Health Risk Takers and Prevention

Health risk takers and prevention

Much of our research on communication and health over the past two decades has dealt with strategies for helping prevent a number of the problems addressed in this volume, particularly those involving alcohol, drug abuse, and sexual risk taking. One of the central concerns of this work has been how to effectively reach what Caspi and associates (1997) call a “risky personality type” more likely to engage in health risk behaviors. In this chapter, we review some of the evidence to support a recommendation for targeting these individuals in prevention interventions and describe procedures involved in our research.

The research has established that by designing interventions that meet their higher needs for novelty and sensation, we can ...

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