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Pre-service professionals constructs of adolescent risk-taking and approaches to risk management


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Abbott-Chapman, J, Denholm, CJ and Wyld, C 2007 , 'Pre-service professionals constructs of adolescent risk-taking and approaches to risk management' , Journal of Sociology, vol. 43, no. 3 , pp. 241-261 , doi: 10.1177/1440783307080105.

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The research explored constructs of potentially harmful adolescent risk-taking
of 220 university students in their final year of degree courses in education,
law, medicine, nursing, psychology and social work, who anticipated they
would be dealing with young people professionally. Their personal risk hierarchies,
and their own experience of risk-taking when they were teenagers,
were investigated as potential influences upon the normative orientations of
their future professional roles, expressed in their support for varying social policy
options including zero tolerance and harm minimization. Findings suggest
that their commitment to underlying value positions regarding risk-taking and
risk-management were not significantly related to gender, age or personal
risk-taking profiles but to professional socialization in their degree course. The
implications of respondents’ preferred ways of dealing with adolescent risktaking
as compared to young people’s choices for themselves are explored,
along with concepts of risk management in current policy frameworks.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Abbott-Chapman, J and Denholm, CJ and Wyld, C
Keywords: adolescent risk-taking, alcohol and drugs policies, professional norms and values, professional socialization, risk management, treatment repertoires
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Sociology
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
ISSN: 1440-7833
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/1440783307080105
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