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Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development
Year : 2018, Volume : 9, Issue : 10
First page : ( 1) Last page : ( 5)
Print ISSN : 0976-0245. Online ISSN : 0976-5506.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-5506.2018.01305.0

Personal fableness and perception of risk behaviors among adolescents

Mamidanna Pooja1, Kumar P Aneesh2,*

1Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, California School of Professional Psychology 1 Beach St, San Francisco, CA-94133, USA

2Assistant Professor of Psychology, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, India

*Corresponding author: Aneesh Kumar P, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, India

Online published on 1 November, 2018.

Abstract

Adolescence is a crucial period where one tends to identify who they are as an individual. However, as a teenager is struggling to find his/her place in this world, it is also a time where they are prone to engaging in risk behaviors, which tend to have an extreme psychological impact. The objective was to explore the experiences of an adolescent who engages in risk behaviors and to understand their level of personal fables. The study was a qualitative design with content analysis with semi-structured interviews of ten male adolescents aged 16–18 years. The major findings of the study indicated that adolescent's pattern of thinking revolves around the fact that they are invincible and invulnerable. Furthermore, adolescents are aware of the risks they are putting themselves through and how in the process they are hurting others. The implications of the study are to conduct more life skill programs in schools; greater awareness has to be created on the impact and harmful effects of such behaviors.

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Keywords

Adolescents, risk behaviors, perceptions.

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