ERIC Number: ED441185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Adolescent Decision Making: Implications for Prevention Programs. Summary of a Workshop.
Fischhoff, Baruch, Ed.; Crowell, Nancy A., Ed.; Kipke, Michele, Ed.
Risk taking is a natural part of teenagers' lives. They need to take some risks in order to grow. However, they can also get into trouble with their risk taking when it involves behaviors such as sex, drinking, smoking, violence, and drug use. Interest in the role that decision making plays in adolescents' involvement in high-risk behaviors led the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to request the Board on Children, Youth, and Families to convene a workshop on adolescent decision making. This booklet summarizes the workshop, held on January 6-7, 1998, which was designed to pull together the diverse perspectives that researchers and practitioners have adopted in regard to adolescent decision making. It provides a brief overview of decision theory and how decision theory might be applied to adolescent behavior. It next considers cognitive, social, affective, and institutional factors that may influence effective decision making. The role of the media is briefly explored, followed by information on several youth development and prevention programs. Finally, the report summarizes issues that were raised throughout the workshop that might be important to the design and implementation of programs for youth. (Contains 80 references.) (MKA)
Descriptors: Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Behavior Problems, Decision Making, Mass Media Effects, Prevention, Programs, Workshops
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC.