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Title:Youth risk-taking behavior in Brazil: drug use and teenage pregnancies PDF Logo
Authors:Cardoso, Ana Rute
Verner, Dorte
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 3030
Abstract:Using an extensive survey addressing risk factors faced by the population in the shantytowns of Fortaleza, Brazil, the aim of this paper is to study interactions among different types of risk-taking behavior by youth, namely drug use and teenage pregnancy. We check the impact of factors such as exposure to mass media, the existence of support networks, self-esteem, or the occurrence of violence at home and in the neighborhood, on the probability of risk-taking behavior. A bivariate probit model is estimated. 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 increased drug consumption. Race does not have a significant impact on either type of behavior.
Subjects:Drug use
teenage pregnancy
sexual behavior
reproductive health
teenage behavior
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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