Adolescent development and risk of injury: Using developmental science to improve interventions

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Abstract

In adolescence, there is a complex interaction among physical, cognitive, and psychosocial developmental processes, culminating in greater risk-taking and noveltyseeking. Concurrently, adolescents face an increasingly demanding environment, which results in heightened vulnerability to injury. In this paper, we provide an overview of developmental considerations for adolescent injury interventions based on developmental science, including findings from behavioural neuroscience and psychology. We examine the role that typical developmental processes play in the way adolescents perceive and respond to risk and how this integrated body of developmental research adds to our understanding of how to do injury prevention with adolescents. We then highlight strategies to improve the translation of developmental research into adolescent injury prevention practice, calling on examples of existing interventions including graduated driver licensing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-54
Number of pages5
JournalInjury Prevention
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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