Reducing adolescent risk-taking through classroom-based programs

Buckley, Lisa & Sheehan, Mary C. (2008) Reducing adolescent risk-taking through classroom-based programs. In Young People, Crime and Community Safety: Engagement and Early Intervention Conference, 25-26 February 2008, Melbourne, Australia. (Unpublished)


Adolescents are at risk of serious injury as a result of their engagement in risk-taking. A curriculum based program that decreases adolescent risk-taking might provide some reduction to the burden of injury. The design of such programs requires the careful examination of many issues or factors to increase the likelihood of program effectiveness. The aim of this paper is to outline the application of and challenges involved with developing and implementing these factors in a school-based program (SPIY). The SPIY Program is a recently developed curriculum for early adolescents to reduce risk-taking behaviour by increasing protective behaviour toward friends and improving first aid skills. Specifically reference is given to the following design issues; the selection of target behaviours and agents for change, processes and content which are socio-culturally and developmentally appropriate, approaches developed using established psychological theories as well as consideration of program duration and evaluation.

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ID Code: 13170
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Only refereed abstract and non-refereed presentation available. The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference's web page (see hypertext link).
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 28 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2013 23:37

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