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Mentor ADEPSIS. (2017) The adolescent brain – wired for taking risks. London: Mentor ADEPSIS. 8 p.

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Adolescence is a time of increased risk-taking; this paper looks at the role the brain plays in risk-taking, including adolescent substance use. It also considers some possible ways the harm of risk-taking in young people can be mitigated and notes that many adolescent risk behaviours put others in danger, making the prevention of risky behaviours among adolescents an essential public health issue (IOM & NRC, 2011). During adolescence, a key goal for those working in prevention is to reduce the harms of risk-taking, so some implications for prevention programmes will be outlined.

These briefing papers are part of a series produced by Mentor-ADEPIS on alcohol and drug education and prevention, for teachers and practitioners. This paper should be read alongside:


The brain under construction [1]: a window into the developing brain

The brain under construction [2]: the effects of alcohol on the brain

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD prevention, Education and training
Source:Mentor ADEPSIS
Date:October 2017
Pages:8 p.
Publisher:Mentor ADEPSIS
Corporate Creators:Mentor ADEPSIS
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:E Concepts in biomedical areas > General life processes (physiology)
F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > risk-taking behaviour
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors > Risk factors
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention approach > Prevention through information and education
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education
MM-MO Crime and law > Criminality > Youth (juvenile) offending
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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