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.

Adolescent Sex and the Rhetoric of Risk

Adolescent sex and the rhetoric of risk
J. DennisFortenberry

From a clinical or public health perspective, the visible tracks of adolescent sex are its untoward consequences marking an otherwise obscure trail of sexuality running through young people's lives. Some consequent sexual infections such as those due to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cause a treatable but fatal chronic illness, and all the sexually transmitted diseases may have sequelae that reverberate through the life span. Pregnancy—that most beatified evidence of the biological Homo sapiens of the seminal blessings of the divine—is framed as an epidemic scourge threatening ruin to our society. Despite conflicting evidence, pregnancy among teens is causally linked by many to poor birth outcomes, child abuse and neglect, poverty, and ...

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