ADOLESCENT VALUES AND RISK BEHAVIOR: PREDICTING DEVELOPMENTAL PATHS IN YOUTH

  • Livazovic, G.
  • Jukic, R.
Abstract:
This paper reports on empirical survey data conducted with 437 Croatian adolescent participants in 2017. A total of 194 male (44,4%) and 243 female (55,6%) adolescents in the age from 15 to 19 years old were examined. The research is aimed at studying the relation between risky behaviour and adolescent beliefs and value orientations, with special emphasis on the most important risk and protective factors. Results show multiple significant statistical differences based on gender, with boys reporting significantly higher risky alcohol behaviour (p<,001) and material value orientation (p<,001), while girls report significantly higher traditional value orientation (p<,001) and humanistic value orientation (p<,001). Older adolescents report significantly higher participation in risky alcohol behavior (p<,001) and younger adolescents report significantly higher traditional value orientation (p<,01). Academic success established a significant difference between participants in risky alcohol behaviour (p<,001), with participants who have high academic success score lower on risky alcohol behaviour than participants with average and low academic success. A significant negative correlation was established between risky alcohol behaviour and traditional value orientation (r= -0,30, p<,001) and between risky alcohol behaviour and humanistic value orientation (r= -0,13, p<,01). Participants reported significant positive correlation between risky alcohol behaviour and material value orientation, (r= 0,22, p<,001). Results of hierarchical regression analysis for risky alcohol behaviour indicate academic success and traditionalistic orientations as protective factors (p<,001), while materialistic orientations and more leisure time activity positively predict risky behaviour (p<,01).
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Year:
2017
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Keywords:
values; value orientations; risk behavior; adolescents; prevention
Volume:
17
SGEM Book title:
4th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM 2017
Book number:
4
SGEM Series:
International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts-SGEM
Pages:
3-10
Publisher address:
51 Alexander Malinov blvd, Sofia, 1712, Bulgaria
SGEM supporters:
Bulgarian Acad Sci; Acad Sci Czech Republ; Latvian Acad Sci; Polish Acad Sci; Russian Acad Sci; Serbian Acad Sci & Arts; Slovak Acad Sci; Natl Acad Sci Ukraine; Natl Acad Sci Armenia; Sci Council Japan; World Acad Sci; European Acad Sci, Arts & Letters; Ac
Period:
24 - 30 August 2017
ISBN:
978-619-7408-21-8
ISSN:
2367-5659
Conference:
4th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM 2017, 24 - 30 August 2017
DOI:
10.5593/sgemsocial2017/34/S13.001
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