ERIC Number: ED441935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan-21
Reference Count: N/A
Reaching out to Multiple Risk Adolescents.
Porter, Laura; Lindberg, Laura Duberstein
This brief describes multiple risk students and maps their links to settings such as the workplace, church, or the health care system. A secondary goal of the brief is to show that although high-risk students have contact with many social institutions, opportunities for interventions are being missed. Data from the 1995 National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health (Add Health) are used to identify the share of students in grades 7 through 12 involved in multiple health risk behaviors. The extent and pattern among these students of involvement in school clubs, religious services or youth groups, team sports, the workplace, and the health care system are traced. To complement this analysis, differences in social involvement are also studied for students and teens not in school because they dropped out or graduated, using data on multiple risk male adolescents from the 1995 National Survey of Adolescent Males. Findings show that the involvement of multiple risk teens, even those who are not in school, in activities located in a range of settings challenges the perception that risk-taking teens are disconnected. The contact that teens have with these institutions offers at least three ways to influence risk taking and contribute to the development of positive lifestyles. Social settings can be places to connect with multiple risk teens in need of health information and services. These social institutions can be reviewed to identify the types of activities that can be incorporated into programs that attract multiple risk adolescents. It must also be recognized that the involvement of multiple risk teens in these diverse settings brings them into contact with a range of adults and peers with the potential to influence their behavior positively or negatively. (Contains 1 box, 2 figures, 2 tables, and 14 endnotes.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.