Date of Award

1-1-2013

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Religious Studies

First Advisor

Julie A. Laser

Abstract

This dissertation study examined the risk and promotive factors that can hinder or help adolescents as they transition into adulthood. Chinese, Japanese and Korean adolescents were surveyed in order to examine the individual and family factors influencing risk behavior in adolescents. Correlation and regression were used to examine the relationship among variables. Findings from the analysis revealed that promotive factors including: autonomy, easy temperament, emotional intelligence, humor, moral development, optimism and physical beauty, and risk factors including: history of physical abuse, history of sexual abuse, domestic violence, favoritism of siblings, parental depression and parent not aware, were found to be predicative in North America, Europe, and Australia are also predictive for East Asian cultures. Implications of these findings for theory, research, policy and social work practice are explored.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Jennifer Ann Boeckel

File size

240 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Social work

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