Teens and Risk Taking

“Adolescence has long been considered a period when teens are especially susceptible to engaging in unhealthy risk behaviors, such as drug and alcohol use, unprotected sex, and violence. However, “risk” is not confined to illegal or unsafe behaviors. A recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine explains that instead of conceptualizing all risk taking as negative, it is important to acknowledge its developmental purpose and provide opportunities for adolescents to take healthy risks that will help them learn, grow, and thrive.”

Find more from National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (USA, 2020)

More about the report, Promoting Positive Adolescent Health Behaviors and Outcomes: Thriving in the 21st Century

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