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.

Toward an Understanding of the Role of Perceived Risk in HIV Prevention Research

Toward an Understanding of the Role of Perceived Risk in HIV Prevention Research

Toward an understanding of the role of perceived risk in HIV prevention research

Both the health belief model (Becker, 1974; Rosenstock, Strecher, & Becker, 1994) and protection motivation theory (Rogers, 1975, 1983) predict that people are unlikely to even consider performing a health-protective behavior unless they feel personally susceptible to a severe and serious illness. As a result, many attempts to develop interventions to prevent the spread of HIV and other STDs have begun with the assumption that people first must be made aware that they are personally susceptible to, or at high risk for, acquiring and/or transmitting HIV. However, at least in the HIV arena, there is little evidence that perceived risk ...

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