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.

Affect, Analysis, Adolescence, and Risk

Affect, analysis, adolescence, and risk

An insightful paper written for this conference by Laurence Steinberg argues that we should not view adolescent risk taking “as if it were the product of a series of cognitions, involving the perception, appraisal, evaluation, and computation of the relative costs and benefits of alternative courses of action” (Steinberg, this volume, p. 19). In Steinberg's view, “decision making” is not the right framework for understanding, studying, or intervening in adolescent risk taking.

Although much of my research has been squarely in the decision tradition that Steinberg criticizes, my more recent studies have led me to a position quite similar to his. In this chapter, I briefly outline my position as it applies specifically to adolescent smoking and ...

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