The Long Term Impact of Adolescent Risky Behaviors and Family Environment. Chapter II: Literature Review


In this chapter, we begin with an examination of the literature on youth risky behaviors. Although the purpose of this report is to focus on the adult consequences of youthful risky behavior, it is important to put this into perspective by examining literature on the risk and protective factors for adolescent risky behaviors and the adolescent outcomes of these risky behaviors. Literature on the relationships of three family variables--family structure, socioeconomic status (parental education), and parental alcoholism--with successful or failed adult outcomes is also reviewed.