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Protective behavior in adolescent friendships : the influence of attitudes toward the consequences, friendship norms and perceived control

Buckley, Lisa, Chapman, Rebekah L., & Sheehan, Mary C. (2010) Protective behavior in adolescent friendships : the influence of attitudes toward the consequences, friendship norms and perceived control. Journal of Youth Studies, 13(6), pp. 661-679.

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Abstract

The current study sought to understand adolescent protective behavior in friendship using a Theory of Planned Behavior framework. In particular, the study sought to consider a young persons’ direct and active intervention to inhibit their friends’ risky behavior or to assist them when the behavior leads to injury. The role of attitudes regarding the consequences, norms and control about protective behavior were examined both qualitatively through focus groups (n= 50) and quantitatively through surveys from a sample of 540 Year 9 students (13-14 years old). There was some support for the theory with attitudes regarding the consequences of the behavior and norms predicting intended protective behavior. A path analysis was conducted with a sub-sample of 140 students which showed that intentions to be protective and perceived control to undertake protective behavior directly predicted such behavior after a 3 month interval. Attitudes towards the consequences and norms only indirectly predicted protective behavior via intention. The findings provide important applied information for interventions designed to increase adolescent protective behavior in their friendships.

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ID Code: 31362
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: adolescent friendship, protective behaviour, attitudes, expectations, perceived control
DOI: 10.1080/13676261003801762
ISSN: 1469-9680
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 12 Aug 2010 15:16
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2013 09:30

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