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Risk Behaviour in Adolescence

Patterns, Determinants and Consequences

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-13
  2. Matthias Richter
    Pages 15-23
  3. Matthias Richter
    Pages 25-44
  4. Matthias Richter
    Pages 45-62
  5. Matthias Richter
    Pages 63-93
  6. Matthias Richter
    Pages 95-106
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 107-123

About this book


Adolescents are generally thought to be healthy. However, adolescent risk behaviours, such as substance use, a poor diet or early sexual activity, are topics that keep generating high academic and media interest. Despite considerable explanatory efforts, not much is known yet about the proximate and distal determinants as well as the psychosocial and health-related consequences of risk behaviour in adolescence. The study is among the first to systematically examine the antecedents and consequences of risk behaviour from a comparative perspective over time and across countries. Matthias Richter presents findings from several empirical studies and extends current theoretical and empirical knowledge on adolescent risk behaviour.
This book is valuable reading for academics, practitioners and policy makers in a range of disciplines: sociology, psychology, educational sciences, public health and nursing sciences, with a special focus on adolescent risk behaviour.


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About the authors

Dr. Matthias Richter is a Professor for Medical Sociology and Social Epidemiology at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) at the University of Bern.

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