Special Issue "A Further Look at Risk Behaviors in Adolescents: An Update on Assessment Instruments, Explanation Models, and Interventions Focused on Individual and Environmental Risk/Protective Factors"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.
Interests: psychometrics; assessment; adolescents; prevention; risky decision making; gambling; video-gaming
Interests: Clinical Psychology; Psychological Assessment; Problematic Internet Use; Social media use; Social Networking addiction
In the complexity and challenges of the 21st century, increasing knowledge about adolescent risk behaviors is fundamental for the understanding of these complex phenomena as well as for the development and improvement of evidence-based interventions.
However, too often, in the basic and applied research, there is little attention paid to issues concerning assessment—that is, the employment of tools with adequate psychometric properties that are specific for this age group, the testing of models examining the mechanisms underlying the relationships between individual and environmental risk/protective factors, and the evaluation of the efficacy of preventive and clinical treatment interventions. Additionally, risk behaviors are becoming more complex and diverse, and today we are facing novel problems such as behavioral addictions. To fill these gaps, more rigorous and robust research is needed. Thus, empirical contributions about the analysis of the soundness of assessment instruments, the adequacy of explanation models, and the effectiveness of interventions are called for. To face this challenge, contributions from neuroscience and cognitive, developmental, social, and environmental psychology are invited, as well as works from experts providing interventions aimed at adolescents in different fields such as education, public health, social work, judiciary, etc.
The final goal is to reach a set of contributions that will update knowledge on different risk behaviors such as gambling, video-gaming, internet addiction, juvenile delinquency, substance addiction, school drop-out, etc., through a multicultural and multimethod approach.
Dr. Maria Anna Donati
Dr. Giulia Fioravanti
Dr. Dora Dodig Hundric
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- Risk behaviors
- Explanation models