Attitudes drive behavior - Generally speaking, as...

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I agree with your method and believe conducting interviews are an awesome way to study risky behaviors amongst teens. Although with teens it seems they will talk if you can gain their trust. It may be difficult to do that and it may become a problem when conducting your research. Therefore, I would suggest conducting anonymous surveys. Attitudes drive behavior. According to the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study, two critical drug-related attitudes – perception of risk (how risky consumers view a particular drug) and perception of social disapproval (consumer appeal and acceptance of a particular drug) – move in correlation with consumption.
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Unformatted text preview: Generally speaking, as adolescents come to view drug use as more risky and increasingly disapprove of drugs, consumption declines. Similarly, the opposite holds true. Understanding the vast dimensions of perceptions will be key in conducting this type of research. An example of this, if you remember, is the DARE program which was a mass media campaign to deter teens from using drugs. This program instilled the dangers of drug consumption and focused on harmful drugs rather than recreational drugs. So teens will perceive one drug more risky than the other....
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2010 for the course BIOL 2308 taught by Professor Boxer during the Spring '10 term at University of Houston - Downtown.

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