[Between safety and risk: the propensities and resistance to prevention in the daily behavior of adolescents].

Abstract

Various levels of awareness and attitudes in 2500 High School students regarding prevention of daily risk were examined before and after a special training program on prevention (promoted by the Clinica del Lavoro della Università di Pavia). The concept of prevention was examined in four analytical realms, through questionnaire and projective tests: actual notion, cognitive organization of knowledge, emotional level, social approval. The data collected showed that the tendency towards prevention of risk is limited in adolescents: from a cognitive point of view, since the conceptual probability of risk is comprehended with difficulty; emotionally, since risk-producing behavior usually provides gratification at various levels; socially, since adolescent usually views risk-producing behavior as associated with a positive social image. The informative training session proved to effectively orient the students towards a more rationally controlled behavior, therefore favoring a more positive attitude towards prevention.

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@article{Pagnin1986BetweenSA, title={[Between safety and risk: the propensities and resistance to prevention in the daily behavior of adolescents].}, author={Adriano Pagnin and M L Guizzetti Belotti}, journal={Giornale italiano di medicina del lavoro}, year={1986}, volume={8 5-6}, pages={201-6} }