Predicting adolescent risk behaviors based on an ecological framework and assets

Belinda M. Reininger, Alexandra E. Evans, Sarah F. Griffin, Maureen Sanderson, Murray L. Vincent, Robert F. Valois, Deborah Parra-Medina

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)150-161
    Number of pages12
    JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 2005


    • Adolescent health
    • Assets
    • Ecological model
    • Risks behaviors

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Social Psychology
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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