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Predicting Adolescent Risk Behaviors Based on an Ecological Framework and Assets

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Objectives: To examine the relationship between an aggregate risk score (smoking, drinking, and number of sex partners) and measures of youth assets in a sample of 3439 youth aged 14–18 years. Methods: Linear regression models for African American and white males and females predicted an aggregate risk score. Results: After adjustments, the youth asset most predictive of risk was self/peer values regarding risk behaviors. Perceived school support was also predictive. Conclusions: Taking an ecological approach to the measurement of adolescent health behaviors contributes to our understanding of these risk behaviors.
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Keywords: adolescent health; assets; ecological model; risks behaviors

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Texas-Houston, School of Public Health, Regional Campus at Brownsville, Brownsville, TX 2: Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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