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.

Findings and Future Directions

Findings and future directions
Kathleen HallJamieson,,DanielRomer,

In this final chapter, we summarize the major findings of the Reducing Adolescent Risk Conference. Underlying the conference was the assumption that the well-being of young people could be improved if the research community shared findings, identified common interventions, and ensured that campaigns designed to address one risk did not exacerbate another. The conference was convened to open channels of communication within the research communities that study adolescent health risks. The following conclusions and recommendations are a step toward an integrated framework for the study of adolescent risk.

We divide the recommendations into four categories that address (a) universal programs for all young people, (b) targeted programs for those most at risk, (c) strategies to counteract societal influences ...

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