Adolescent protective behaviour to reduce drug and alcohol use, alcohol-related harm and interpersonal violence
Buckley, Lisa, Sheehan, Mary C., & Chapman, Rebekah L. (2009) Adolescent protective behaviour to reduce drug and alcohol use, alcohol-related harm and interpersonal violence. Journal of Drug Education, 39(3), pp. 289-301.
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Typically adolescents' friends are considered a risk factor for adolescent engagement in risk-taking. This study took a more novel approach, by examining adolescent friendship as a protective factor. In particular it investigated friends' potential to intervene to reduce risk-taking. 540 adolescents (mean age 13.47 years) were asked about their intention to intervene to reduce friends' alcohol, drug and alcohol-related harms and about psychosocial factors potentially associated with intervening. More than half indicated that they would intervene in friends' alcohol, drug use, alcohol-related harms and interpersonal violence. Intervening was associated with being female, having friends engage in overall less risk-taking and having greater school connectedness. The findings provide an important understanding of increasing adolescent protective behavior as a potential strategy to reduce alcohol and drug related harms.
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