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.

Risk Perception: Construct Development, Links to Theory, Correlates, and Manifestations

Risk Perception: Construct Development, Links to Theory, Correlates, and Manifestations

Risk perception: Construct development, links to theory, correlates, and manifestations
Susan G.Millstein

What is Risk Perception?

The term risk perception, and what we mean by risk perception, generates much diversity (one might say confusion) in thinking. Thinking and research about the construct has tended to be isolated within individual disciplines, and we see little cross-disciplinary fertilization. It has been measured in such diverse ways that it is virtually impossible to compare findings across studies, let alone across different disciplinary literatures.

We can examine the content of individuals' risk and vulnerability beliefs, identifying those things that worry or concern them, as well as the degree of anxiety generated by these concerns. We can observe whether people recognize the risks inherent ...

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