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Running Head: ADOLESCENTS AND RISK-TAKING BEHAVIORS 1 Adolescents and Risk-taking Behaviors Jessica Krause PSY304-Lifespan Development (COE1728A) Dr. Jackson July 21, 2017
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ADOLESCENTS AND RISK-TAKING BEHAVIORS 2 Are adolescents more likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors than adults? This can be answered as both yes and no. The adolescent is likely to engage in the behaviors if the support systems are not in place, but then again, they also may not engage in the risk-taking behaviors if there is a support system. It all depends on the adolescent and how they can cope with peer pressure and other factors that may push them towards the risk-taking behaviors. Risk-taking behaviors could include underage drinking, smoking, illegal drugs, unprotected sex, and possibly even hanging out with the wrong crowd. According to Merriam- Webster Dictionary, risk-taking is “the act or fact of doing something that involves danger or risk in order to achieve a goal.” If there is temptation, can the adolescent pass up the opportunity? Depends is the answer.
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