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NCJ Number: 237457 Find in a Library
Title: Role of Deliberative Decision Making, Parenting, and Friends in Adolescent Risk Behaviors
Journal: Journal of Youth and Adolescence  Volume:40  Issue:12  Dated:December 2011  Pages:1607-1622
Author(s): Jennifer M. Wolff; Lisa J. Crockett
Date Published: December 2012
Page Count: 16
Document: PDF
Type: Guideline
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the role of deliberative decisionmaking (the tendency to consider options and consequences before making a decision) and social contextual variables (parenting and friend influences) of adolescents.
Abstract: Adolescents may engage in risk behaviors that jeopardize their futures. Although adolescent risk-taking has long been attributed to faulty decisionmaking, surprisingly little research has directly examined this link. This study examined the role of deliberative decisionmaking (the tendency to consider options and consequences before making a decision) and social contextual variables (parenting and friend influences) in alcohol and drug use, risky sex, and delinquency. Participants were 7,748 adolescents (50 percent female) in grades 7–11 from the Add Health dataset (M age = 14.87, SD = 1.54). Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that deliberative decisionmaking and contextual variables were associated with risk behavior concurrently and 1 year later. Furthermore, deliberative decisionmaking interacted with social contextual variables in some models, indicating that deliberative decisionmaking may be especially important in certain contexts. These findings suggest that both cognitive and social factors need to be considered to explain adolescents’ decisions to engage in risk behavior. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Adolescents at risk
Index Term(s): Decisionmaking; Parental influence; Peer influences on behavior; Risk taking behavior
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