Developmental Paper

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According to studies there has been an increase of unprotected intercourse in adolescents that leads to sexually transmitted diseases, psychological disorders, and the use of substance abuse (Jemmott, Fong, G. T. (2005)). Adolescents typically go to the use of drugs to throw away the feelings they encounter in everyday situations. Studies also show that most adolescents that involve their selves in intercourse at an early age will have a larger number of sexual partners, and use condoms less often when engaged in intercourse.
The purpose of this paper is to show the comparisons between harm avoidance, and reward dependence, and risky sexual behaviors. Along with showing how African American Adolescents background
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If you scored a 1 on the scale then you were proven abstinent, a 2 or above then your number was multiplied by the lack of contraception that could range from 1= safe to 16= unsafe.
Bryan also talked about Substance Use, Conduct Disorder, and Tridimensional Personality Questionnaire also known as (TPQ) was used to determine how much of a substance the person uses was made by monitoring the Future High School Senior Survey (Johnston et al., 2006). This shows on how many occasions a subject has used a particular substance in a lifetime. The scale that was given on a 7 point Likert scale. In a lifetime span SU will measure by summing up responses over 13 drugs including: tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, inhalants, LSD, cocaine, etc. The conduct disorder dealt with summing up the responses to the questionnaire from the Future High School Senior Survey (Johnston et al., 2006). After computing the scores they came up with being more likely to: be in gang fights, serious fights, use of a weapon, car theft, damaging public property. In this study the TPQ consisted of 54 item true/false questionnaire that assessed his three temperament dimensions (NS), (HA), and (RD). (Deykin, Levy ,and Wells 2005)

Protective Factors in Adolescent Problem Behavior
Variable | Treatment Sample | Community Sample | Test for Difference | Harm Avoidance | 0.38 | 0.29 | t(391)= -4.43, p<0.001 | Novelty

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