With no proper connection or guidance many youth, adolescence will find themselves in a period of increased risk. Sometimes youth problem behaviors, such as delinquency and substance use, are attributed to the absence of meaningful, valued adult social roles, despite adolescents' growing capacity to fill them. Some behaviors that are considered problematic or even legally prohibited when engaged in by minors (smoking, alcohol use, and sexual activity) are legitimate in adulthood. These behaviors are seen as attempts to affirm maturity or to negotiate adult status. In addition, adolescents worldwide are using tobacco and alcohol in record numbers. The potential consequences of substance use and abuse (addiction, automobile accidents, crime, and health problems) make this quite prevalent behavior problematic.
Clearly, cultural, social, and economic variations across nation-states affect the definition and the experiences of adolescents. Bringing forth opportunities for intervention during the period of adolescence will encourage and... [continues]
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