Theory and research- Current Problems
Edited By Hanna Liberska and Marzanna Farnicka
Specific Risk Behaviors and Religious Coping in Teenagers Using Psychoactive Substances
The behaviors of young people known to ingest psychoactive substances can be identified as risk behaviors. Contact with stimulants could be experimental, harmful or addictive in character, and at each of these states, it is possible to introduce therapy. Other risk behaviors are all forms of aggression. In early adolescence, most girls and boys are introduced to alcohol and often to drugs as well. This phase of development is connected with the appearance or strengthening of risk behaviors, such as aggression, conflicts with the law, early sexual initiation, auto aggression, joining sects, skipping school or running away from home. When looking for the causes of such behavior, the following aspects of the adolescent’s lives are considered: family relations, peer relations, material status, conflicts with the law, and mental illnesses in the family. These can be the causes of many deficits among teenagers. The hardships of adolescence, the challenges and needs it entails, and the fact that it creates and shapes personality and values can also be causes for teenagers to engage in risk-taking behavior. Where else can one seek other forms of adolescence’s challenges? Can teenagers who decide to take the aforementioned risks utilize constructive forms of dealing with difficulties? A possible plane of the deficiencies of these adolescents could be their inability or unwillingness to utilize positive religious coping strategies.
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