Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(5), 2161-2176; doi:10.3390/ijerph7052161
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Adolescent Propensity to Engage in Health Risky Behaviors: The Role of Individual Resilience

1 Department of Economics, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606, USA 2 School of Health Technology & Management, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8204, USA 3 Department of Economics, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8204, USA 4 School of Medicine, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8204, USA
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Received: 31 December 2009; in revised form: 15 March 2010 / Accepted: 30 April 2010 / Published: 4 May 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Behavior and Public Health)
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Abstract: In this paper we create indices of resilience to identify adolescents at risk of smoking, drinking alcohol, and using illegal drugs. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, three manifestations of resilience were identified: overall-resilience, self/family-resilience, and self-resilience. Our analysis reveals that the overall-resilient were less likely to engage in risky behaviors. The self/family resilient were more likely to engage in risky behaviors, but consumed less. The self-resilient had reduced risk for smoking and drinking alcohol but elevated risk for using illegal drugs and being in an addictive stage of smoking and drinking, if participating.
Keywords: resilience; health risky behavior; factor analysis; adolescent health

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Ali, M.M.; Dwyer, D.S.; Vanner, E.A.; Lopez, A. Adolescent Propensity to Engage in Health Risky Behaviors: The Role of Individual Resilience. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 2161-2176.

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Ali MM, Dwyer DS, Vanner EA, Lopez A. Adolescent Propensity to Engage in Health Risky Behaviors: The Role of Individual Resilience. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2010; 7(5):2161-2176.

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Ali, Mir M.; Dwyer, Debra S.; Vanner, Elizabeth A.; Lopez, Alexander. 2010. "Adolescent Propensity to Engage in Health Risky Behaviors: The Role of Individual Resilience." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 7, no. 5: 2161-2176.

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