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NCJ Number: 120076 Find in a Library
Title: Constructive vs. Destructive Deviance in Adolescent Health-Related Behaviors
Journal: Journal of Youth and Adolescence  Volume:18  Issue:3  Dated:(June 1989)  Pages:245-262
Author(s): L Chassin; C C Presson; S J Sherman
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 18
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Previous literature suggests that the adolescent at risk to engage in substance use and other negative health-related behaviors is deviant in a negative sense (that is, rebellious, antisocial, and alienated from traditional institutions).
Abstract: However, some researchers have distinguished between two types of deviance- a true autonomy and independence that is more positive and constructive, and a reactant "anticonformity" that is more negative and destructive. The current study assessed the roles of both constructive and destructive deviance in adolescent cigarette smoking and positive health-related behaviors. Adolescents who were constructively deviant engaged in higher levels of health-protective behaviors. Moreover, constructive deviance was an independent predictor of both cigarette smoking and positive health behaviors over and above the effects of traditional negative deviance indicators. These data suggest that constructive deviance is not a competing model to more traditional notions, but that it is an additional possible pathway into adolescent positive and negative health behaviors. 27 references. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Deviance; Juvenile health services
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Juvenile drug abusers
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