Psychobiological Models of Adolescent Risk: Implications for Prevention and Intervention

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Julia Jackson-Newsom, Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Special Projects (Creator)
Terri L. Shelton, Vice Chancellor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Psychobiological models of risk have much to contribute to the prevention of and intervention with risky behavior among adolescents. Emerging research is beginning to provide better information about mechanisms underlying individual differences in risky behavior (e.g., differences in self-regulation) and providing insight into unique vulnerabilities that occur during adolescence (e.g., increases in reward seeking). This work suggests ways in which prevention programming can be designed to be sensitive to both individual differences and developmental timing. Psychobiological models of risk also have practical implications for the manner and methods of conducting prevention and intervention work. Future work in both the etiology and prevention of risky behavior can benefit from ongoing dialogue and has the potential to result in a more sophisticated understanding of the mechanisms of change related to risky behavior.

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Developmental Psychobiology, 52(3), 295-297
Language: English
Date: 2010

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