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.

The Two Faces of Adolescent Invulnerability

The two faces of adolescent invulnerability
Daniel K.Lapsley

The onset of adolescence is associated with a dramatic increase in health-compromising behavior, including the use of tobacco, alcohol, and controlled substances; unprotected sexual activity; and numerous other “reckless” behaviors (Arnett, 1992). Moreover, it is widely believed, in both the popular and theoretical literature, that adolescents engage in risk behaviors partly because of their greater sense of felt invulnerability to injury, harm, and danger. According to the received view, there is something about the developmental status of adolescents that disposes them to feelings of greater invulnerability, which, in turn, underwrites their tendency to engage in patterns of “risk-taking” behavior. When put this way, adolescent invulnerability is considered a psychosocial risk factor that warrants ...

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