Special Issue "Risk Behaviors and Substance Abuse among Adolescents"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.
Interests: adolescence and health; positive development; health promotion; prevention; risk behaviors and substance use; program development and evaluation
Interests: cohesion and social development; prevention; culturally adapted program for adolescents; socio-educational policies; sustainable human development of proactive citizenship
Interests: prevention; risk behaviors; substance use; evidence-based intervention; data science; data mining
Interests: sexual health; substance use; risk behaviors; cultural adaptation and implementation of evidence-based interventions; prevention; adolescence and health
Adolescence is a crucial stage in life—a period of transition from childhood to adulthood in which adolescents have to face a multitude of stimuli. Depending on their capacity to face these stimuli, adolescents can engage in positive development or, conversely, adopt risk behavior and get involved with substance use, putting at risk their growth and health. In fact, in this period of life, the risk of adopting risk behaviors and substance use shows exponential growth, which has been recognized as a major public health issue, being related to main causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide.
For this reason, the study of adolescent health is one of the main issues for recognized international organizations, such as the World Health Organization, which reported in 2017 the “Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!): Guidance to support country implementation”, and specifically related to substance use, the National Institute on Drug Abuse in the United States of America or the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction in Europe, which have specific programs for prevention of substance use in adolescents, including the registration of model practices or evidence-based prevention.
The well-being of adolescents is related to the different social and ecological environments and contexts to which adolescents belong, such as family, neighbors, friends, classmates, school climate, and other social environments. It should be highlighted that, from an eco-evolutionary perspective, culture frames the norms and values that operate at all levels of young adolescents’ lives: individual beliefs and behaviors, family customs and communication patterns, and how that individual perceives and interacts with larger structures, such as the school system. In intervention and prevention, according to these approaches, it is essential to keep in mind the context and relationships that develop in environments at different levels and between different actors. That is why a preventive intervention is necessary that factors in the individual’s assertive responses and resilience and his or her ability to face the diverse experiences of life positively and constructively, allowing for individual learning and growth, as well as the training of communities in empowerment processes. For these reasons, it is essential, especially in the most delicate phase of the process of identity construction—adolescence—to provide individuals with the tools to cope with the numerous new stimuli and risk situations that the adolescent population in the complex society of modernity have to face.
In this Special Issue, we invite multidisciplinary researchers interested in adolescence health, risk behavior, and substance use to submit their work based on different methodologies, including qualitative studies or quantitative studies, study protocols and results of randomized trials, and systematic or scoping reviews. The objective of these contributions should be to study the social and environmental determinants or other risk factors related to the adoption of risk behavior and substance abuse in adolescents in order to improve our understanding of youth culture as well as increase the evidence regarding the achievements and challenges in the implementation and evaluation of preventive intervention in this research area, including cultural adaptation, which is essential for the effectiveness of programs for substance use prevention.
Prof. Dr. Marta Lima-Serrano
Prof. Dr. Isotta Mac Fadden
Prof. Dr. Elena Gervilla
Dr. Alexandra Morales
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- Risk behavior
- Non-substance and substance addictions
- Sexual health
- Social and environmental determinants
- Risk factors
- Evidence-based prevention
- Health promotion
- Program evaluation
- Positive development
- Health assets