adolescent behavior

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Many adolescent behavior patterns are, perhaps subconsciously or instinctively, aimed at enhancing sexual attractiveness and/or self-image or are a response to peer pressure. Some of these behavior patterns are hazardous to health. These include sexual experimentation and promiscuity; experimentation with mood-modifying substances such as tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs; driving cars and motor cycles at excessive speed; and taking extreme risks in many forms of outdoor adventures.

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