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.

Is Decision Making the Right Framework for Research on Adolescent Risk Taking?

Is Decision Making the Right Framework for Research on Adolescent Risk Taking?

Is decision making the right framework for research on adolescent risk taking?

When my son, Benjamin, was 14, he and three of his friends decided to sneak out of the house where they were spending the night and visit one of their girlfriends at around 2 in the morning. When they arrived at the girl's house, they positioned themselves under her bedroom window and, using the time-tested method of many young lovers, threw pebbles against her windowpanes. Modern technology, unfortunately, has diminished the usefulness of this approach. The boys' pebble throwing set off the house's burglar alarm, which activated a siren and simultaneously sent a direct notification to the local police station, which dispatched ...

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