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Advancing a participatory approach for youth risk behavior: Foundations, distinctions, and research directions

TitleAdvancing a participatory approach for youth risk behavior: Foundations, distinctions, and research directions
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsMason, M. J., Tanner J. F., Piacentini M., Freeman D., Anastasia T., Batat W., Boland W., Canbulut M., Drenten J., Hamby A., Rangan P., and Yang Z.
JournalJournal of Business Research
Volume66
Pages1235 - 1241
Keywordsparticipatory action research, problem behavior, risky behavior, substance use, teen pregnancy, teen smoking, youth
Abstract

Researchers of youth risk behavior frequently assume that behavior is volitional; the choice is to either engage in a risky behavior or a safe alternative. Yet, many factors may constrain life choices, not the least of which is how individuals view risk. The study here examines youth risk research to identify general knowledge gaps and shortcomings that may be limiting the positive impact of research-based efforts to promote youth well-being. The study proposes alternative approaches that address these gaps and shortcomings in particular with recognition of the social contexts of both risks and the programs designed to address those risks. A distinctive foundation for a participatory approach to understanding youth risk behavior is then developed.

URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/s0148296312002329
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