The social environments of adolescents: associations between socioenvironmental factors and health behaviors during adolescence

Adolesc Med. 1999 Feb;10(1):41-55, v.


The social worlds of the adolescent and their potential effect on health behavior are the focus of this chapter. Social cognitive theory, resiliency theories, and the theoretical implications of focusing on lifestyle patterns of adolescents are discussed in order to provide a theoretical frame of reference for viewing the complex interactions between individual factors, socioenvironmental factors, and health-related behaviors among adolescents. Factors within the different social environments (family, school, peers, and community) are discussed and some general recommendations based upon empirical research findings and theories about adolescent health behavior are made.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Attitude to Health
  • Family Relations
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Life Style
  • Models, Psychological
  • Peer Group
  • Risk-Taking
  • Social Behavior
  • Social Environment*
  • Social Perception