ERIC Number: ED441934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan-21
Reference Count: N/A
Multiple Threats: The Co-Occurrence of Teen Health Risk Behaviors.
Lindberg, Laura Duberstein; Boggess, Scott; Williams, Sean
This document presents a portrait of multiple risk-taking among teens. Using recent data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) and the 1995 National Survey of Adolescent Males, the report describes the extent to which teens engage in multiple health risk behaviors and contrast it with the extent to which teens participate in positive behaviors such as spending time with parents and being involved in extra-curricular activities. The 10 health risk behaviors examined in this study are: (1) regular tobacco use; (2) regular alcohol use; (3) regular binge drinking; (4) recent marijuana use; (5) recent use of illicit drugs other than marijuana; (6) physical fighting; (7) carrying a weapon at school; (8) suicidal thoughts; (9) nonfatal suicide attempt; and (10) unprotected sexual intercourse. The survey results show that engaging in multiple risk behaviors is the exception rather than the rule, and that the share of students engaging in multiple risk behaviors is similar by race and ethnicity. Boys are more likely to engage in multiple risk behaviors as are students in higher grade levels. The majority of students do engage in positive behaviors, and participation in multiple risk behaviors does not preclude participation in positive behaviors. Out of school males are a particularly vulnerable group. (Contains 3 figures, 7 tables, and 20 endnotes.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.