Establishing and Maintaining Reputations Through Risk-Taking Behavior

  • Annemaree Carroll
  • Stephen Houghton
  • Kevin Durkin
  • John A. Hattie
Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)

Risk-taking behavior is defined as volitional behavior of which the outcome is uncertain and which entails negative consequences (Pat-Horenczyk et al., 2007). The number of young people at risk for adverse mental and physical health consequences because of their involvement in risk-taking behaviors (e.g., substance use, delinquency, body marking and piercing, and unprotected sexual activity) is very high (Capuzzi & Gross, 2004). This chapter examines risk-taking behaviors among young people within our Reputation-Enhancing Goals Modelto provide an alternative explanation of why young people choose to place themselves at risk through their involvement in certain destructive behaviors. First, we provide an account of the severity of the problem among young people in Western society. Second, we provide a general introduction concerning the relationship between the Reputation-Enhancing Goals Model and adolescent risk taking. We then use a range of risk-taking behaviors to illustrate how...


Young People Social Identity Adolescent Substance Body Modification Volatile Solvent 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Annemaree Carroll
    • 1
  • Stephen Houghton
    • 2
  • Kevin Durkin
    • 3
  • John A. Hattie
    • 4
  1. 1.The University of QueenslandAustralia
  2. 2.University of Westem AustraliaAustralia
  3. 3.University of StrathclydeUK
  4. 4.University of AucklandNew Zealand

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