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Pre-service professionals' constructs of adolescent risk-taking and approaches to risk management


Abbott-Chapman, JA and Denholm, CJ and Wyld, C, Pre-service professionals' constructs of adolescent risk-taking and approaches to risk management, Journal of Sociology, 43, (3) pp. 241-261. ISSN 1440-7833 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1440783307080105


The research explored constructs of potentially harmful adolescent risk-taking of 220 university students in their final year of degree courses in education, law, medicine, nursing, psychology and social work, who anticipated they would be dealing with young people professionally. Their personal risk hierarchies, and their own experience of risk-taking when they were teenagers, were investigated as potential influences upon the normative orientations of their future professional roles, expressed in their support for varying social policy options including zero tolerance and harm minimization. Findings suggest that their commitment to underlying value positions regarding risk-taking and risk-management were not significantly related to gender, age or personal risk-taking profiles but to professional socialization in their degree course. The implications of respondents' preferred ways of dealing with adolescent risk-taking as compared to young people's choices for themselves are explored, along with concepts of risk management in current policy frameworks.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:adolescent risk-taking • alcohol and drugs policies • professional norms and values • professional socialization • risk management • treatment repertoires
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Abbott-Chapman, JA (Professor Joan Abbott-Chapman)
UTAS Author:Denholm, CJ (Professor Carey Denholm)
UTAS Author:Wyld, C (Mr Colin Wyld)
ID Code:49475
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2012-03-05

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