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ERIC Number: EJ853034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4385
Resiliency-Based Research and Adolescent Health Behaviors
Rink, Elizabeth; Tricker, Ray
Prevention Researcher, v10 n1 p1, 3-4 2003
Over the past fifty years, research on adolescents' behavior has focused primarily on risk factors. The study of resiliency and what buffers adolescents from engaging in harmful health behaviors has received much less attention. This risk-focused approach has included examining what is lacking in a youth's life that may contribute to that youth's tendency to engage in negative health behaviors. While this approach is useful for identifying any correlation between negative aspects of a youth's environment--whether it be individual, family, school or community--it only presents half of the picture of an intricate psychological and social environment in which a youth exists. An increased awareness of what makes adolescents vulnerable and the factors that protect adolescents from self-destructive behaviors has stimulated an interest in identifying protective factors, assets and strengths that diminish the chances of negative health outcomes for adolescents. As a result of this different focus, the study of resiliency has begun to gather momentum. In this article, the authors discuss the emergence of resiliency and protective factor research and identify most recent resiliency-based research. The authors also discuss the significance of resiliency-based research which marks a new era in understanding adolescent health behaviors. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Youth Risk Behavior Survey