Risk-Taking, Adolescence

  • Aleta L. Meyer


The term “risk-taking” in the field of prevention typically refers to negative behaviors youth engage in that have a high likelihood of resulting in harm to their future development (DiClemente, Hansen, & Ponton, 1996). These risks often involve behaviors that break societal norms for their age group—behaviors such as underage drinking or driving or precocious sexual activity. From the perspective of youth, many of these behaviors are highly reinforcing, often because of the physical thrill they provide or because they are behaviors youth expect to engage in as adults. For these reasons, and others, primary prevention efforts that try to curtail risk-taking behavior all together can fall short of their goals.


Positive Youth Development Adult Behavior Underage Drinking Positive Risk Alcohol Outcome Expectancy 
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