Young people's perceptions of ‘risk’

Jenni Ward and Mariana Bayley

in Growing up with risk

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347329
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302469 | DOI:
Young people's perceptions of ‘risk’

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This chapter examines the way young people conceive of risk and what they view as the most relevant factors in their lives in terms of risk. It draws on evidence from a series of focus-group interviews with young people to enhance the limited evidence base on this subject. The chapter provides insights into how young people define risk, what they consider to be risk in their worlds, and how they manage and judge risk. A key theme of the chapter is gendered risk and the importance of risk activity in the constructions of young people's self-identity. The notion of risk and developing maturity is also examined, as are parental influences on young people's views of risk. This raises the issue of sociocultural difference, which was found to influence risk perceptions, experience, and engagement in risky activities.

Keywords: youth; risk perception; risk management; gendered risk; self-identity; risk behaviours; maturity; parental influence

Chapter.  7169 words. 

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