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Siddhant- A Journal of Decision Making
Year : 2017, Volume : 17, Issue : 1
First page : ( 37) Last page : ( 50)
Print ISSN : 2231-0649. Online ISSN : 2231-0657.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2231-0657.2017.00004.0

No Risk, No Reward: Risk Behaviours of Adolescents at Crossroads

Chakraborty Tanusree1,**, Saha Raiswa2,*

1Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Thiagarajar School of Management, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

2Research Scholar, Department of Management, SRM University, Sonepat, Haryana, India

*Corresponding author email id: raiswasaha5@gmail.com

**tanusree@tsm.ac.in

Abstract

Adolescents at crossroads of their life, engage in experimenting with lots of unknown queries and in the venture they engage in risk behaviours and feel their inquisitiveness and eagerness will get rewarded in the process. They take risks to be psychologically rewarded. On the contrary, they fall in prey to greater risks in life. The present study aimed to probe into the nature of risk behaviour, psychological stress, level of depression and adjustment among the male and female adolescent students. A group of 450 adolescents (230 boys and 220 girls) from various schools and colleges were covered in the present study and they were all selected following multistage random sampling method. Data was collected with the help of semi-structured questionnaires on risk behaviour, adolescent stress inventory and standardised scales as those of Beck Depression Inventory, adjustment component of multidimensional personality inventory. The study found the presence of considerable amount and frequency of risk behaviour among adolescents and they tend to have high scores on depression and adolescents at crossroads are also marked by adjustment problems and psychological stress.

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Keywords

Adolescence, Risk behaviour, Personality, Psychology, Adjustment problems, Children, Sexual activities.

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