Protecting Adolescents from Harm: Findings from the National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health.

Resnick, Michael D.; Bearman, Peter Shawn; Blum, Robert Wm.; Harris, Kathleen M.; Jones, Jo; Tabor, Joyce; Beuhring, Trish; Sieving, Renee E.; Shew, Marcia; Ireland, Marjorie; Bearinger, Linda H.; Udry, J. Richard

Some children who are at highrisk for health-compromising behaviors successfully negotiate adolescence, avoiding the behaviors that predispose them to negative health outcomes; while others, relatively advantaged socially and economically, sustain significant morbidity as a consequence of their behaviors. These issues of vulnerability and resilience have stimulated an interest in the identification of protective factors in the lives of young people—factors that,if present, diminish the likelihood of negative health and social outcomes.20"26 Of the constellation of forces that influence adolescent health-risk behavior, the most fundamental are the social contexts in which adolescents are embed¬ded20;the family and school contexts are among the most critical. Yet, how adolescents' connections to these contexts shape their health-risk behaviors is poorly understood.


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