23 - Ed Psych Risk Taking in Adolescence Why do adolescents...

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Ed Psych 9/23/10 Risk Taking in Adolescence - Why do adolescents take more risks? o Behavioral decision theory (cognitive approach) o Personal fable- feelings of invulnerability (cognitive) Not only time in life when people feel invulnerable - Adolescent versus adult decisions (behavioral decision theory) o Do you think I should? o How should I decide o What different things should I think about to help me decide o If you were me, who would you talk to about the decision? Important for adolescent to think through all these questions before coming to a decision - Adolescent decision making o Two camps: Adolescents are poor decision makers (they make decisions worse than adults do, they do not think about all the above questions) Adolescents make decisions similar to adults (if you prompt them, they come up with the same reasoning that adults do neither group is very good @ decision making) - 5 steps (example in text book): o Identify alternative choices o
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