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Advancing A Participatory Approach For Youth Risk Behavior: Foundations, Distinctions, And Research Directions

Journal of Business Research

Marlys J. Mason, John F. Tanner, Maria Piacentini, Dan Freeman, Trena Anastasia, Wided Batat, Wendy Bol, Murad Canbulut, Jenna Drenten, Anne Hamby, Priyam Rangan, Zhiyong Yang


Researchers of youth risk behavior frequently assume that behavior is volitional; the choice is to either engage in a risky behavior or a safe alternative. Yet, many factors may constrain life choices, not the least of which is how individuals view risk. The study here examines youth risk research to identify general knowledge gaps and shortcomings that may be limiting the positive impact of research-based efforts to promote youth well-being. The study proposes alternative approaches that address these gaps and shortcomings in particular with recognition of the social contexts of both risks and the programs designed to address those risks. A distinctive foundation for a participatory approach to understanding youth risk behavior is then developed.

Participatory Action Research, Problem Behavior, Psychological Well-Being, Recognition (Psychology), Risk-Taking Behavior, Risky Behavior, Social Choice, Social Context, Social Impact, Social Services, Substance Use, Teen Pregnancy, Teen Smoking, Youth


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