Navigation Links
Teens Take Risks Just for Kicks
Date:3/25/2010

They may ignore safety for the thrill of a 'lucky' escape, experts say

THURSDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- The teen years are the time in life when people are most likely to drive fast, have unprotected sex and experiment with alcohol and drugs, and a new study suggests they do these things because they enjoy the thrill.

"The reason that teenagers take risks is not a problem with foreseeing the consequences. It was more because they chose to take those risks," Stephanie Burnett, of the University College London's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, explained in a university news release.

In the study, Burnett and colleagues asked 86 males aged 9 to 35 to play a computer gambling game. The players had choices between risky and safe options.

The findings, published March 24 in the journal Cognitive Development, found that teens -- especially 14-year-olds -- were the most likely to choose risky options.

"This is the first evidence from a lab-based study that adolescents are risk-takers. We are one step forward in determining why teenagers engage in extremely risky behaviors such as drug use and unsafe sex," Burnett said. "The onset of adolescence marks an explosion in 'risky' activities --from dangerous driving, unsafe sex and experimentation with alcohol, to poor dietary habits and physical inactivity. This contributes to the so-called 'health paradox' of adolescence, whereby a peak in lifetime physical health is paradoxically accompanied by high mortality and morbidity."

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has details on how the brain works.



-- Randy Dotinga



SOURCE: University College London, news release, March 24, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Troubled Teens Wizard Earns Coveted Truste Certification
2. Study Suggests High HIV Rate Among African Teens
3. Diabetes Drug Helps Dieting Teens Lose Weight
4. Movie Turns Into a Growing Movement to Reach Hurting Teens.
5. Book Offers Help for Parents Struggling with Difficult Teens During the Upcoming Holidays
6. Teens Lose More Weight Using Healthy Strategies
7. Marijuana Use No Longer Dropping Among U.S. Teens
8. Movies May Tempt Teens to Smoke
9. Teens Think Smoking More Dangerous Than Drinking, Drugs
10. Winter/Spring Brings Increased Meningitis Risk - Protect Preteens and Teens Now
11. Pot and pop: New research finds stronger link between music and marijuana use among teens
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Diagnotes, a leader in digital healthcare communications, ... system in South Carolina, to provide its secure mobile communication platform. , “Healthcare ... drives workflow efficiencies and improves provider and patient satisfaction,” said Dr. Todd Rowland, ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Each year, about 800,000 people suffer from cerebral ... United States and account for one death every four minutes. Many people who ... HCR ManorCare is launching a video series called “Your Brain,” in conjunction with its ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... industry, announced today that Legacy Health is expanding its use of Intrigma’s cloud-based ... a highly successful initial proof of concept. The Portland, Oregon based health system ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... 03, 2016 , ... Huntington Beach orthopedic doctor , Dr. Rick Pospisil, ... be used to diagnose and treat joint problems. During this procedure, Dr. Pospisil makes ... special lighting system and lens that illuminate and magnify the various structures in the ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Finding the right way to address a patient’s condition before it ... now getting on board. , “You do the right thing, at the right time, at ... down, not up,” said Leonard M. Fromer, MD, FAAFP, from Group Practice Forum. “Even if ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)... 28, 2016  While Abbott,s announced purchase of ... valve repair and stent business, healthcare research firm ... more firmly into patient monitoring.  Kalorama said that ... device areas, with double-digit growth expected the next ... Advanced Remote Patient Monitoring . Abbott Laboratories ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... 2016  Marking its one year anniversary since ... cancer risk test, Color Genomics announced ... highly impact the most common hereditary cancers affecting ... Test analyzes hereditary cancer risks for breast, colorectal, ... The Color Test is physician ordered and includes ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... , April 28, 2016  The blood testing ... million dollars, according to Kalorama Information and The Freedonia ... immunoassays and nucleic acid testing.  The healthcare research firm ... progress in developing blood collection stations and in improving ... in Kalorama Information,s report, Blood Testing Market ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: