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NCJ Number: 229514 Find in a Library
Title: Adolescent Protective Behavior to Reduce Drug and Alcohol Use, Alcohol-Related Harm and Interpersonal Violence
Journal: Journal of Drug Education  Volume:39  Issue:3  Dated:2009  Pages:289-301
Author(s): Lisa Buckley; Mary Sheehan; Rebekah Chapman
Date Published: 2009
Page Count: 13
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the effect of adolescent protective behavior as potential strategy to reduce adolescent risk-taking and injury.
Abstract: Typically adolescents' friends are considered a risk factor for adolescent engagement in risk-taking. This study took a more novel approach, by examining adolescent friendship as a protective factor. In particular, it investigated friends' potential to intervene to reduce risk-taking. Five-hundred-forty adolescents (mean age 13.47 years) were asked about their intention to intervene to reduce friends' alcohol, drug, and alcohol-related harms and about psychosocial factors potentially associated with intervening. More than half indicated that they would intervene in friends' alcohol, drug use, alcohol-related harms, and interpersonal violence. Intervening was associated with being female, having friends engage in overall less risk-taking and having greater school connectedness. The findings provide an important understanding of increasing adolescent protective behavior as a potential strategy to reduce alcohol and drug-related harms. Table and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Behavior modification
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Adolescents at risk; Alcohol abuse prevention; Australia; Behavior patterns; Behavioral science research; Peer assessment; Peer influences on behavior; Psychological theories; Risk taking behavior
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