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Smoking, drinking, unhealthy eating: how can we explain these actions in teenagers? Do teenagers stop to consider potential hazards or is their decision making frantic and impulsive, with little rational thought? In this intriguing book, Kanayo Umeh debunks conventional explanations of teenage behaviour (peer pressure, self-esteem issues, parent-child conflicts) and offers a fresh perspective based on the premise that teenagers, like adults, retain the power of choice. He shows that adolescents sometimes readily commit to a course of action despite being sceptical about its benefits, and reveals how decision strategies that appear ill-considered to adults are regarded as smart by adolescents, and with convincing justifications. Contrary to stereotypes, the teenager emerges as a curious individual: a multifaceted decision maker whose actions may not be quite as mindless as popular myth suggests.Read more
- Seeks to explain and understand adolescents' decisions by focusing on decision making strategies
- Considers how teenagers process information in the face of external pressures
- Empirically based, awash with interesting narratives, with useful tips at the end of chapters and a touch of humour
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"Umeh takes a refreshingly different approach to the question of adolescent health. He provides a detailed and accessible account of the multifaceted nature of decision making and its significance for understanding teenage health behaviour."
--Dr Gillian Penny, University of NorthamptonSee more reviews
"This book describes the various facets of the adolescent decision-making process as it affects health behavior, including smoking, drinking, and unhealthy eating. The author is concerned with how individuals make decisions and what dynamics influence the process....The primary audience includes behavioral science academics, scholars, and students, but clinicians who work with teenagers would also benefit....This book will provoke much discussion about freedom of choice and health decisions, and hopefully, how to intervene in the lives of at-risk youths."
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- Date Published: May 2009
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521875264
- length: 318 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 179 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.78kg
- contains: 13 b/w illus. 5 tables
- availability: In stock
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- Intro Psych
- adol Risk Behavior
- the older child
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