Title

Risk-Taking

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Publication Date

2010

DOI

10.1007/978-1-4419-1695-2_15

Abstract

Research has examined a wide range of factors that are associated with adolescent risk-taking, drawn from across academic subdisciplines. These factors and their role in adolescent risk-taking tend to be examined in isolation of other factors, which poses problems for gaining a clear understanding of adolescent risk-taking. The present essay reviews a number of these factors – specifically, social-contextual influences, cognitive and affective decision-making tendencies, impulsivity, sensation seeking, and sex differences – and organizes them within an opportunity-propensity framework. The implications of this approach for risk-taking interventions are briefly discussed.