Adolescent Decision Making: Implications for Prevention Programs . Box 2

01/01/1999

SPECULATIONS ABOUT ADOLESCENTS'
DECISION MAKING

OPTIONS
Teenagers think a lot about ways out of their dilemmas
Teenagers may lack the substantive knowledge needed to come up with options
Teenagers may lack the sense of control needed to create options

CONSEQUENCES
Teenagers may get more benefit from some risk behaviors than adults do
Teenagers may discount future consequences more than adults do
Teenagers may fail to appreciate unfamiliar experiences

FACTS AND UNCERTAINTIES
Teenagers know what they have had a chance to learn
Teenagers have a limited appreciation of the limits of their own knowledge
Teenagers have difficulty interpreting the meaning and credibility of information

INTEGRATION
Teenagers may favor simpler decision rules than adults
Teenagers may have fewer examples of decision-making processes to follow than adults
Teenagers are no more likely than adults to think themselves invulnerable

SITUATION MANAGEMENT
Teenagers lack control over critical aspects of their lives
Teenagers have control over situations they do not adequately understand
Teenagers may be more influenced by emotions than adults