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Self-Identity and Risk-Taking in Adolescents


Wood, D and Allen, P and Le, Q, Self-Identity and Risk-Taking in Adolescents, Health and Well-Being: A Social and Cultural Perspective, Nova Science Publishers, Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 57-68. ISBN 9781611226485 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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This chapter presents an overview of theories on the development of self-identity and self-concept during adolescence. While there is a large volume of research in this field, little is known about the impact of risk-behaviours on the formation of self-identity. The dominant perspective within the adolescent risk-taking literature is the problematic model, where risk-taking is viewed as a threat to adolescents’ physical health, psychological and social well-being, and future life roles. Undoubtedly, risk-taking in relation to tobacco, alcohol and cannabis has the potential to cause considerable harm. The health effects of risk-taking in relation to these substances are discussed in this chapter. It is also noted that a normative perspective may help to elaborate the ways in which adolescent encounters with these substances can promote development of the self.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:adolescents, self-identity, risk-taking, tobacco, alcohol, cannabis.
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Allen, P (Dr Penny Allen)
UTAS Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
ID Code:69847
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2011-05-23
Last Modified:2017-10-16
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