Risk-taking patterns of female adolescents : what they do and why.
A total of 58 college-age adolescent females were asked to provide information about their risk-taking behaviors.
Participants completed a risk-taking questionnaire and were asked to keep a diary of their risk-taking behaviors for 1 week.
Participants were also asked to provide reasons for engaging in each behavior they listed.
Results indicated that participants engaged in a variety of risky behaviors ranging from traditional adolescent risk-taking behaviors, drinking and sex, to other behaviors not typically included in studies of risk-taking, e.g. interpersonal and financial risky behaviors.
An analysis of the justifications given for engaging in the various behaviors were largely goal-oriented (e.g. engaging in a behavior as a means to an end) or reflected a preoccupation with personal needs (e.g. engaging in a behavior to relieve loneliness or stress).
These results are contrary to the widely held belief that adolescents'risk-taking is « mindless, » aimless, « or mere » sensation seeking. .
Mots-clés Pascal : Prise risque, Comportement sexuel, Consommation, Boisson alcoolisée, Substance toxicomanogène, Santé mentale, Motivation, Personnalité, Adolescent, Homme, Femelle
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Risk taking, Sexual behavior, Consumption, Alcoholic beverage, Drug of abuse, Mental health, Motivation, Personality, Adolescent, Human, Female
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0266555
Code Inist : 002B18C05D. Création : 11/09/1998.