11-26 Chapter 13

11-26 Chapter 13 - Problem Behavior in Adolescence Problem...

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Problem Behavior in  Adolescence
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Problem Behavior Most problem behavior is transitory experimentation Not all problems begin in adolescence Not all problems persist into adulthood Substance abuse Delinquency Unemployment Problems of adolescence are not caused by adolescence
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Problem Behavior 3 categories of problems Substance abuse Internalizing disorders Subjective state of distress Physical problems with psychological causes fall under this category Externalizing disorders Lack of impulse control Co-morbidity: co-occurring
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Increasing Risk Behavior Among  Adolescents “risk-taking behavior” Mortality rate declining for all other age groups, but increasing 15-25 year olds Self-inflicted risk or destructive behaviors Car accidents – 38% Suicide 10% Violent death and death from injury – 10% Homicide 9% Natural causes – 27%
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Increasing Risk Behavior Among  Adolescents Individual variation in risk-taking behavior Individual characteristics to play part Risk taking behavior is normative Part of adolescence is to learn to make independent decisions, to take the initiative, to experiment Interacting nature of various risky behaviors Cannot study or work to prevent behaviors in isolation because often do not appear in isolation
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