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Study Shows Why Risk Warnings Are Ineffective for Kids

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  • Focusing on the negative consequences of high-risk behaviors in teens is not likely to reduce such behaviors, a new study revealed
  • Teens tend to discount their likelihood of experiencing negative life events, like being in a car accident, even when they’re told about the actual risk
  • If you want to get a message across to your teen, the study suggests that using a positive association is likely to be the most effective
  • The teenage years shortly after puberty coincide with some of the greatest risk-taking behaviors among teens; monitoring your child’s whereabouts and friends while establishing a close family bond can help your child get through these high-risk years

By Dr. Mercola

Teens are among the most likely to engage in high-risk behaviors like careless driving, binge drinking, unprotected sex and drug abuse. Campaigns aimed at curbing these behaviors often focus on the negative consequences that can come of them, like getting into a car accident or getting lung disease from smoking.


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