High-Risk Behaviors and Mental Health

  • Gayle L. Macklem


Adolescence is a critically important time for prevention work to decrease substance use, inactivity leading to obesity, unprotected sexual activity, and exposure to violence (Swahn, 2012). There is a range of high-risk activities that adolescents engage in across countries. Using the 2003 National Survey of Children’s Health, researchers looked at eight risk factors for students and found that decreasing health was associated with increasing numbers of risk factors (Larson, Russ, Crall, & Halfon, 2008). Risk behaviors among adolescents lead to many negative outcomes in adulthood (Hesseler & Katz, 2010). Multiple risks have a cumulative effect on children’s mental health.


Risk Behavior Risky Behavior Relational Aggression Middle School Student Smokeless Tobacco 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gayle L. Macklem
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  1. 1.Massachusetts School of Professional PsychologyNewtonUSA

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