Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 36, Issue 8, pp 1095–1097 | Cite as

David A. Wolfe, Peter G. Jaffe, and Claire V. Crooks, Adolescent Risk Behaviors: Why Teens Experiment and Strategies to Keep Them Safe

Yale University Press, 2006, ISBN: 9780300110807
  • Paul FlorsheimEmail author
Book Review

David A. Wolfe, Peter G. Jaffe, and Claire V. Crooks have produced a thoughtful, well-written book on the role of relationships in the prevention and management of adolescent risk behavior. Adolescent Risk Behaviors: Why Teens Experiment and Strategies to Keep Them Safe presents a developmentally informed and clinically sophisticated blueprint for prevention that builds on 30 years of research on adolescents. The tight focus on the development of relationship skills as a unifying feature of prevention and intervention efforts is innovative and immensely promising.

In recent years, there has been a proliferation of books and manuals outlining models and strategies for addressing specific problems among specific populations of adolescents (Hibbs and Jensen 2005; Kazdin and Weisz 2003). Some of these models have received empirical support, validating their utility, but many have failed to address the developmental underpinnings of adolescent health and risk. Wolfe, Jaffe and Crooks make...


Domestic Violence Risky Behavior Positive Youth Development Violence Prevention Harmful Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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