- Self-regulatory behavior and risk taking: Causes and consequences
Author: Lipsitt, L. P. & Mitnick, L. L. (Eds.).
Publisher: Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishing
ABSTRACT: Emerging from two conferences sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, this volume discusses scientific and clinical knowledge in areas of health concern where behavioral factors are known causes of, or are implicated in, death, disease, and disability. The 24 papers are in six parts: epidemiological considerations — preludes to intervention, developmental and cultural aspects, mechanisms and processes, psychopathology of risk taking, further intervention issues, and implications and speculations--self-regulation and risk.
- A tribe apart: A journey into the heart of American adolescence
Author: Hersch, P.
Publisher: New York: Ballantine Books
Why do teenagers so often seem like a different species? Journalist Patricia Hersch gives a troubling answer in her fascinating, up-close-and-personal look at what it means to be a teen in today's American high schools. Rather than interviewing "high-risk" teens (those already swept up in a cycle of drug use, gang violence, or unintended pregnancy, for example), Hersch focuses her attention on "regular kids" — adolescents who are average achievers on academic and social levels. In light of this, A Tribe Apart is all the more startling to read: Hersch's investigative approach makes it impossible for parents to shrug off their responsibilities by saying "That's not my kid." This is your kid. Hersch offers readers a fly-on-the-wall perspective as she spends three years hanging out with eight youths, submerging herself in their environment. They struggle with all the things you might remember or expect from the teen years: figuring out relationships, establishing friendships, determining what's cool and uncool, experiencing sexual attraction. But these teens — and, as Hersch asserts, the majority of teens in America today--have much, much more piled on their plates. Having been left to their own devices by a preoccupied, self-involved, and "hands-off" generation of parents, adolescents have had to figure out their own system of ethics, morals, and values, and rely on each other for advice on such profound topics as abuse, dysfunctional parents, and sex (with all its accompanying ramifications).
- Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
Organization: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
This is a national survey of adolescents, the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System.
- Adolescent Health
Organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Type of Site: government
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people — at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States. CDC, located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Psychosocial resources, adolescent risk behaviour and young adult adjustment: Is risk taking more dangerous for some than others?
Author: Maggs, J. L., Frome, P. M., Eccles, J. S., & Barber
Journal: Journal of Adolescence Volume: 20
ABSTRACT: Examined whether social and personal resources predicted adjustment both as a main effect and in interaction with risk behavior among 693 12th graders (mean age 17.79 yrs). Ss completed the self-report measures, representing 5 domains, in Grade 12 and 2 yrs later. Results showed that personal and social resources predicted success in occupational, relational and health domains. High school risk behaviors predicted decreased success in relational domains, and alcohol use predicted higher educational attainment, independent of the relations with psychosocial resources. Interactions of resources with risk behaviors predicting adjustment were inconsistent, but resources predicted decreased risk behaviors in young adulthood among adolescent risk-takers. The discussion focused on the value of, and challenges to, research on consequences of adolescent risk taking.
- Alternative structural models for understanding adolescent problem behavior in two-earner families
Author: Maggs, J. L., & Galambos, N. L.
Journal: Journal of Early Adolescence Volume: 13
ABSTRACT: Examined longitudinal relations among adolescents' problem behavior, conflict with parent, and association with deviant peers. 90 young adolescents (mean age 11.6 yrs at Time 1) and their employed mothers and fathers completed questionnaires at 3 times of measurement spanning 1 yr. The relations among problem behavior and parent-adolescent conflict were bidirectional (or reciprocal). Problem behavior predicted future deviant peer contacts. Having deviant peers did not predict future problem behavior.