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Youth risk-taking behavior in Brazil : drug use and teenage pregnancy

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  • Cardoso, Ana Rute
  • Verner, Dorte

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Using an extensive survey that addresses risk factors faced by the population in the shantytowns (favelas) of Fortaleza, Brazil, the aim of this paper is to study risk-taking behavior by youth, focusing on drug use and teenage pregnancy. The paper analyzes the impact of factors such as exposure to mass media, the existence of support networks, self-esteem, and the occurrence of violence at home and in the neighborhood, on the probability of risk-taking behavior. A bivariate probit model is estimated. The findings indicate that reliance on support networks and exposure to mass media are associated with a lower probability of either type of risk behavior. Living in a violent home increases drug consumption. Race does not have a significant impact on either type of behavior.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4548.

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Date of creation: 01 Mar 2008
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4548

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Keywords: Adolescent Health; Population Policies; Health Monitoring&Evaluation; Youth and Governance; Gender and Health;

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  1. Deborah A. Cobb-Clark & Chris Ryan & Ana Sartbayeva, 2009. "Taking Chances: The Effect of Growing Up on Welfare on the Risky Behaviour of Young People," CEPR Discussion Papers, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University 604, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University.
  2. Rodríguez-Planas, Núria, 2010. "Mentoring, Educational Services, and Economic Incentives: Longer-Term Evidence on Risky Behaviors from a Randomized Trial," IZA Discussion Papers 4968, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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