In their own words : adolescents strategies to prevent friend's risk taking

Buckley, Lisa, Chapman, Rebekah L., Sheehan, Mary C., & Reveruzzi, Bianca (2014) In their own words : adolescents strategies to prevent friend's risk taking. Journal of Early Adolescence, 34(4), pp. 539-561.

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Injury is a significant public health problem among youth. A primary cause of adolescent injury is risk-taking behavior, including alcohol use, interpersonal violence and road-related risks. A novel approach to prevention is building on friendships by encouraging adolescents to intervene into their friends’ risk taking. Fifty-one early adolescents (13-14 years) and 44 older adolescents (16-17 years) from two Australian schools participated in focus groups, aiming to explore stories of intervening. Findings showed preference for talking to friends; however, participants also spoke to adults, monitored friends’ behavior and planned ahead. Close friendships, perceived harm, and self-efficacy influenced the likelihood of intervening. These findings have implications for the design of risk and injury prevention programs, by suggesting strategies to promote adolescents’ communicative ability for risk reduction. The findings also highlight the language and dialogue of adolescents and suggest that methods for increasing intervening behavior should focus on building social connectedness and increasing self-efficacy.

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ID Code: 62950
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1177/0272431613496637
ISSN: 1552-5449
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 2013 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 26 Sep 2013 22:37
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2014 01:58

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