The influence of risk behavior on the self-attitude of adolescents

  • A. S. Rakhimkulova Odessa I.I.Mechnikov national university
Keywords: The influence of risk behavior on the self-attitude of adolescents


The article focuses on how cognitive, emotional and behavioral components of adolescent attitude to self alter when a teenager gets involved into risky behavior. The results for 3 groups of adolescents are compared: teens who do not practice risky behavior, teens who are regularly involved into risky behavior and teens with multiple (clustered) risky behaviors.We suggest that self-attitude of risky adolescents is characterized with low differentiation and weak or unproductive mechanism of one’s self protection. Adolescents involved into risky behavior have higher indexes of self and life dissatisfaction. Risky teenagers typically have lower self-esteem – they tend to criticize themselves, feel they are useless and view themselves as losers.In our opinion, habitual negative self-attitude determines the dominant psychological state and mood of adolescents engaged in risky behavior that correlate with higher levels of depression, loss of interest to the world around, emotional difficulties, sadness, loneliness, irritability and pessimism. Such emotional characteristics can initiate predisposition for suicide ideation in adolescents who are involved in risky behavior.Engaging into risky behavior as a purposeful activity determines the direction and specification of further development of adolescents self-attitude, his personal meaning of self, his motivational sphere.


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Rakhimkulova, A. (2017). The influence of risk behavior on the self-attitude of adolescents. Fundamental and Applied Researches in Practice of Leading Scientific Schools, 21(3), 74-80. Retrieved from