Adolescent propensity to engage in health risky behaviors: The role of individual resilience

Mir M. Ali, Debra S. Dwyer, Elizabeth A. Vanner, Alexander Lopez

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In this paper we create indices of resilience to identify adolescents at risk of smoking, drinking alcohol, and using illegal drugs. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, three manifestations of resilience were identified: overall-resilience, self/family-resilience, and self-resilience. Our analysis reveals that the overall-resilient were less likely to engage in risky behaviors. The self/family resilient were more likely to engage in risky behaviors, but consumed less. The self-resilient had reduced risk for smoking and drinking alcohol but elevated risk for using illegal drugs and being in an addictive stage of smoking and drinking, if participating.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2161-2176
Number of pages16
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent health
  • Factor analysis
  • Health risky behavior
  • Resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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