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Keeping friends safe : a prospective study examining early adolescent's confidence and support networks

Buckley, Lisa, Chapman, Rebekah L., Sheehan, Mary C., & Cunningham, Lauren (2012) Keeping friends safe : a prospective study examining early adolescent's confidence and support networks. Educational Studies, 38(4), pp. 373-381.

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Abstract

There is a continued need to consider ways to prevent early adolescent engagement in a variety of harmful risk-taking behaviours for example, violence, road-related risks and alcohol use. The current prospective study examined adolescents’ reports of intervening to try and stop friends’ engagement in such behaviours among 207 early adolescents (mean age = 13.51 years, 50.1% females). Findings showed that intervening behaviour after three months was predicted by the confidence to intervene which in turn was predicted by student and teacher support although not parental support. The findings suggest that the benefits of positive relationship experiences might extend to the safety of early adolescent friendship groups particularly through the development of confidence to try and stop friends’ risky and dangerous behaviours. Findings from the study support the important role of the school in creating a culture of positive adolescent behaviour whereby young people take social responsibility.

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ID Code: 48191
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: adolescent, intervening behaviour, social support, risk-taking
DOI: 10.1080/03055698.2011.643102
ISSN: 0013-1946
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
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 23 Jan 2012 23:25
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2013 07:44

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