Teenage Risk Taking

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Teenage risk taking is a troubling scenario in developed countries as well as developing countries. Although most adolescents have learned about the dangers of risk-taking behaviors, the substantial number of teenagers and young adults who engage in risk-taking behaviors is still increasing dramatically every day. Last month, my aunt in Vietnam told me that my 14 year old cousin began smoking. When she asked him the reason, my cousin said that everyone smoked and he wanted to try. My cousin was curious when his friends said that smoking would make him cooler and manlier. After the conversation, my aunt tried to help her son give up smoking by telling him about the negative impacts of smoking. Also, as one of his friend, she spent more time confiding to my cousin. When I was a teenager, I also had some rebellious behaviors, so I can understand why my cousin took risks. The four major factors that cause teenagers to take risks are the lack of experience, the lack of family contact, peer pressure, and the desire to prove themselves. One of the most common causes of teenage risk taking is teens do not have any life experience. Nowadays, with the rapid development of the education system, people hope education and prevention efforts can prevent teenagers from doing bad behaviors. In school, students are taught clearly about the danger of things like taking drugs, using alcohol, and smoking cigarettes. However, it does not seem to work well. In the recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics (1995), it states that about sixty six percent of youth reported the use of alcohol; nearly sixty percent of teens have smoked, and almost a third has used illegal drugs without direction from the doctors. Even if teenagers have a large amount of knowledge about dangerous things, they are just unpractical theory. Teens still do not have any real
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