About this Research Topic
Health risk behaviours such as substance use, (risky) sexual behaviour, unhealthy eating behaviour, risky driving, aggression, risky (social) media use, and minor delinquency are are very common in adolescence and young adulthood. While to some degree, these behaviors are part of normal development and experimentation, the extent to which young people engage in these behaviours and are at increased risk of adverse health and social outcomes differs substantially between individuals and social groups.
Risky or unhealthy habits and behavioral patterns typically develop in late adolescence, and to a large degree, shape the extent to which a person may encounter difficulties or problems later in life with respect to their health and social outcomes.
Successful transitioning into adult roles (in terms of work, romantic relations, education) is closely related to the extent to which adolescents and young adults are able to manage their desires and behaviours, which are often impulsive and influenced by aspects of the physical and social environment. This requires healthy self-regulation skills that are acquired more easily by some individuals and social groups, and enacted more directly in certain (social) situations.
This Research Topic is concerned with questions regarding the risk behaviours, resilience and health outcomes of adolescents and young adults, including their prevalence, development, antecedents, and potential interventions. This Research Topic aims to provide an interdisciplinary perspective and bring together scholarly perspectives from different fields of research concerned with risk behavior and health outcomes of adolescents and young adults. The Research Topic is open, but not limited to contributions examining questions such as:
1) How does risk behaviour develop during adolescence and young adulthood, and how does this track into later stages of life?
2) To what extent are adverse health and social outcomes in adulthood associated with specific or typical involvement in risk behaviours in adolescence and young adulthood?
3) What factors with regard to risk behaviour contribute to adverse development and increase the risk of mental health problems?
4) What factors with regard to risk behaviour contribute to positive health and successful development, including intervention and prevention strategies?
Keywords: Risk behavior, adolescence, young adults, health behavior, adolescent development
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