New PDF release: Adolescent Risk and Vulnerability

By National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Institute of Medicine, Youth, and Families Board on Children, Joah G. Iannotta, Elena O. Nightingale, Baruch Fischhoff

ISBN-10: 030907620X

ISBN-13: 9780309076203

ISBN-10: 0309509831

ISBN-13: 9780309509831

Adolescents evidently don't continuously act in ways in which serve their very own top pursuits, while outlined through them. occasionally their notion in their personal dangers, even of survival to maturity, is bigger than the truth; in different instances, they underestimate the dangers of specific activities or behaviors. it truly is attainable, certainly most probably, that a few children interact in dicy behaviors as a result of a belief of invulnerability-the present traditional knowledge of adults' perspectives of adolescent habit. Others, even if, take hazards simply because they consider at risk of some extent forthcoming hopelessness. In both case, those perceptions can suggested teens to make negative judgements which can positioned them in danger and depart them at risk of actual or mental damage that can have a unfavourable influence on their long term well-being and viability.

A small making plans staff was once shaped to enhance a workshop on reconceptualizing adolescent chance and vulnerability. With investment from Carnegie company of latest York, the Workshop on Adolescent danger and Vulnerability: atmosphere Priorities happened on March thirteen, 2001, in Washington, DC. The workshop's target was once to place into point of view the whole burden of vulnerability that children face, benefiting from the starting to be societal obstacle for kids, the necessity to set priorities for assembly teens' wishes, and the chance to use decision-making views to this serious quarter. This file summarizes the workshop.

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ADOLESCENTS’ PERCEPTIONS We will now review what we know about the content of adolescents’ concerns, their perceptions of vulnerability, their ability to identify risk, and their ability to judge risk. In each section, we will first give the reader a sense of how adolescents as a group perform, followed by an examination of how these capacities vary by the age of the adolescent. Other sources of variation in risk perception and assessment, such as gender, race/ethnicity, and economic status, are discussed later.

Typically, these studies ask participants to imagine themselves in a SUSAN G. MILLSTEIN AND BONNIE L. HALPERN-FELSHER 23 hypothetical situation, and to identify any risks that they perceive in that situation. For example, Beyth-Marom et al. (1993) asked adolescents to consider what might happen if they engaged in six different risky activities. They found that adolescents identified, on average, four to seven consequences for each activity. A broad range of consequences were mentioned, including physical effects, psychological effects, and social reactions from family, other authority figures, and peers.

In very early adolescence, around the age of 10) and be followed into early adulthood, with frequent assessments of adolescents’ behaviors, experiences with negative outcomes, and risk judgments. If such studies were con- 1Experiencing negative outcomes, either vicariously (Weinstein, 1989) or personally (Roe-Berning and Straker, 1997), is associated with perceptions of higher personal risk. For many risky behaviors, few adolescents will experience negative outcomes, thus making it difficult to ascertain the effects of negative outcomes on behavior.

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