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.

Alcohol and Illicit Drugs: The Role of Risk Perceptions

Alcohol and Illicit Drugs: The Role of Risk Perceptions

Alcohol and illicit drugs: The role of risk perceptions
Lloyd D.Johnston

The general domain of behaviors to which this chapter is addressed is the use of licit and illicit drugs.1 It might also be called substance use or, more commonly but less precisely, substance abuse.

I will begin with a consideration of what might distinguish this domain of behaviors from most or all other risk behaviors being dealt with in the Reducing Adolescent Risk Conference—namely, suicide, gambling, pregnancy, HIV/STD, and tobacco use. My focus will then turn to a consideration of the degree to which these various substance-using behaviors are part of larger, overarching constructs versus the degree to which they are unrelated behaviors. That will be followed by ...

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