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Risk behaviour in adolescence: Two perspectives



Year of publication 2011
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Description This chapter focuses on development of risk behavior in adolescence. Although the results of our longitudinal study do not cover the whole range of risk behaviours in adolescence, they support the meaningful distinction between two forms of risk behaviour. The first is linked to focusing on peers and the relationships with them associated with growing autonomy in the relationship with parents. This form is characterized by a neutral or negative attitude to school as an institution and by experimenting with alcohol, nicotine, or cannabis (i.e. not the so-called hard drugs). With respect to the high prevalence of this behaviour it seems that we can consider this “risk exploration” to be more of a developmental norm with some specifically Czech cultural background. The second form of risk behaviour is represented by social pathological behaviours: delinquent behaviour and aggressive behaviour. Its prevalence is low and it is associated with negative relationships with both peers and parents.
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