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Am J Health Behav. 2005 Mar-Apr;29(2):150-61.

Predicting adolescent risk behaviors based on an ecological framework and assets.

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University of Texas-Houston, School of Public Health, Regional Campus at Brownsville, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA. breininger@sph.uth.tmc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To examine the relationship between an aggregate risk score (smoking, drinking, and number of sex partners) and measures of youth assets in a sample of 3439 youth aged 14-18 years.

METHODS:

Linear regression models for African American and white males and females predicted an aggregate risk score.

RESULTS:

After adjustments, the youth asset most predictive of risk was self/peer values regarding risk behaviors. Perceived school support was also predictive.

CONCLUSIONS:

Taking an ecological approach to the measurement of adolescent health behaviors contributes to our understanding of these risk behaviors.

PMID:
15698982
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