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Sociometric Position of Czech Seventh Graders with Risk-Taking Behaviour



Year of publication 2005
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Social Studies

Description For youth, good relationships with peers can provide a base for the quality of psychological, social, and health. The quality of these relationships is one of the important factors which influence risk-taking behaviour. We examined the associations between sociometric position and risk-taking behaviour. We tested whether social position (the peer acceptance and the level of influence that children have on the peer group in the classroom) is linked with risk-taking behaviour. 1 195 seventh graders (age from 12 to 14 years) completed a risk behaviour questionnaire and sociometric questionnaire. Results indicate that peers less accept children with risk-taking behaviour than children with no risk-taking behaviour. Unexpected finding is that there are no relations between level of influence on peer group and risk-taking behaviour. We conclude with possible applications of these results for preventive interventions to reduce risk-taking behaviour.
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