Adolescent Health: The Role of Individual Differences by Patrick Heaven

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Early life is likely one of the so much turbulent but fascinating levels in lifestyles. elevated autonomy brings with it new healthiness hazards starting from medicinal drugs and sexually transmitted sickness, to consuming problems and suicidal melancholy. even if todays little ones are extra excited about and proficient approximately their future health than any earlier new release, they nonetheless interact in dicy behaviour. Adolescent future health explores how person adjustments give a contribution to overall healthiness and sickness throughout quite a lot of cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. Patrick Heaven blends the newest study findings from a number of resources with sensible feedback on how you can enhance well-being care providers for youngsters. Adolescent overall healthiness will turn out helpful to pros operating with children, social technological know-how scholars and oldsters.

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Although it was pointed out in the previous chapter that young people are concerned about their health, it was also noted that adolescence is a period of heightened health risk. Thus, it was suggested that a range of environmental and individual factors predispose some teenagers to engage in certain problem or risky behaviours. In this section, we shall briefly review some of the risks faced by teenagers and the need for health education. This is not meant to be an exhaustive review of all possible injury or disease.

With respect to HIV/AIDS, for example, educational messages should stress that those who practise unsafe sex risk infection, while barriers to action (such as an unwillingness to use condoms) should also be addressed. Some studies do not support the validity of all aspects of the HBM. A study among Australian 18 year olds applied the model to their responses to the threat of AIDS (Rosenthal et al. 1992). According to the model, the authors predicted that those teenagers who viewed the AIDS threat as serious and themselves as vulnerable would practise safe sex.

Results showed that those who rated themselves as being internally controlled tended to perceive their health risks as lower than those of others. Moreover, the healthier the behaviour of respondents as indicated on the health behaviour scale, the lower was their perceived risk. Thus, the authors suggested that internals are more likely than externals to believe that they have the capacity to reduce risks to their health. Alternatively, it is possible that internals are more likely to engage in health protective behaviours than externals who may believe that chance and fate play an important determining role in their life (Hoorens and Buunk 1993).

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