Long-term health and social implications of risk-taking in adolescence

Research Opportunity
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Group Leader Email Number Webpage
Dr Jennifer Marino jennifer.marino@unimelb.edu.au +61383453718 Personal web page

Project Details

Adolescence is normally a time of exploring boundaries, and risk-taking is part of normal adolescent development. However, risk-taking behaviour is responsible for the majority of youth morbidity and mortality worldwide and in Australia, including road crash, interpersonal violence, sexually transmitted infections and, for girls and young women, complications of pregnancy and birth.We will link data from a long-standing Australian birth cohort study to a broad variety of routinely collected administrative data to produce a valuable resource to analyse the long-term health and social consequences of negative risk-taking behaviour in adolescence. We will identify those who experience negative health events and social harms in young adulthood, then, using advanced biostatistical techniques, characterise their gender-specific patterns of risk-taking in adolescence, and the predictors of these patterns in early life and childhood.

Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine, Women's Health

Research Opportunities

Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

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