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  • Teen Survival Expectations Predict Later Risk-Taking Behavior

    Red Orbit - 08/02/2012

    Some young people’s expectations that they will not live long, healthy lives may actually foreshadow such outcomes.

    New research published August 1 in the open access journal PLOS ONE reports that, for American teens, the expectation of death before the age of 35 predicted increased risk behaviors including substance abuse and suicide attempts later in life and a doubling to tripling of mortality rates in young adulthood.

    The researchers, led by Quynh Nguyen of Northeastern University in Boston, found that one in seven participants in grades 7 to 12 reported perceiving a 50-50 chance or less of surviving to age 35.