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.

Changing Views on the Nature and Prevention of Adolescent Risk Taking

Changing views on the nature and prevention of adolescent risk taking
James P.Byrnes

The phenomenon of adolescent risk taking has captured the attention of a number of highly productive scholars from a variety of disciplines (e.g., psychology, public health, communications, etc.). As result, the literature on this phenomenon is vast, diverse, and highly fragmented. From the standpoint of scientific progress, this state of affairs is problematic for two reasons: (a) The most fruitful areas of new research are difficult to discern, and (b) much of the work being done is duplicative across disciplines rather than progressive. In light of this situation, I offer my perspective on what we have learned about adolescent risk taking over the ...

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