By Silvia Bonino
The quantity offers a considerable contribution to the certainty of adolescent threat behaviors, informative and helpful for either scientist and practitioner. The chapters take care of all the key possibility behaviors which are of outrage at this developmental level: tobacco smoking, alcohol use, marijuana and different medications use, precocious and unprotected sexual habit, consuming problems, dicy behaviors, dicy using, deviant and delinquent habit. The e-book combines theoretical research and the results of a large study venture, the place the a number of contexts within the ecology of day-by-day adolescent lifestyles were thought of; the information are in line with huge normative samples and the presentation of findings is particularly obtainable, depending all through on photo illustration instead of statistical tables.
The e-book describes the several threat behaviors, indicates the linkages between them, explains the services served by means of a few of the chance behaviors or the meanings they could have for the adolescent, examines how they range with age, intercourse, and different demographic features, demonstrates the influential function that the theoretical chance components and protecting elements play in adolescent possibility habit involvement. The learn findings not just improve the speculation, yet they function a massive consultant to the layout of intervention efforts to avoid or decrease adolescent involvement in chance behavior.
The emphasis of the authors at the have to advance protecting elements that could advertise optimistic improvement, and at the have to supply possibilities for behaviors that may serve an analogous reasons as chance behaviors do, yet with no compromising healthiness and improvement, is salutary. this is often the foremost problem for all western modern societies to accomplish.
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Still other behavior, such as precocious or unprotected sex, can involve psychological and social risks, such as early pregnancy or physical risks tied to sexually transmitted diseases. In the case of other behavior, such as vandalism or theft, the risks involved are mainly psychological and social, as it undermines the peaceful relationship between the individual and the society in which he or she lives. The majority of boys and girls give up in later years some of the risky behavior that emerged during adolescence: this is generally the case for marijuana use as well as many other types of deviant behavior (Jessor and Jessor 1977; Silbereisen et al.
Even involvement in risk behavior often serves the function of demonstrating to themselves and others that they possess the ability to make decisions in an autonomous way unaffected by the opinion of parents or other adults; this can be the case for drug use, sexual behavior, distorted eating behavior, or even antisocial behavior (Silbereisen and Kastner 1986). Many other types of nonrisk behavior can also be used in order to affirm one’s autonomy, such as supporting an opinion, developing personal values, or making decisions about the future.
This is the case with some psychoactive substances, such as marijuana and moderate alcohol consumption, which give a pleasant sense of fluidity to social situation, eliminating inhibitions and providing an atmosphere of closeness and intimacy. Other types of behavior create an opportunity to communicate with peers by doing something similar, relying on actions more than words. This is the case with cigarette smoking, which is used often to overcome embarrassment in social situations or as a way to start conversation with another person, for example, by offering or asking for a cigarette (Silbereisen and Noack 1988).
Adolescents and Risk: Behavior, Functions, and Protective Factors by Silvia Bonino