Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/146458
Authors: 
Ruprah, Inder J.
Sierra, Ricardo
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-664
Abstract: 
This paper uses data from the Global School-based Student Health Survey to investigate the prevalence of health risk behaviors, in particular substance use, risky sexual behavior, and violence among adolescents in 15 Latin American and Caribbean countries. Using logit regressions and meta-analysis, we find that having parents engaged in raising their children is associated with significantly reduced problem behaviors in adolescents. That said, in the Caribbean the prevalence of health risk behaviors in adolescents is higher and engaged parents is lower than in Latin America, and the correlation between engaged parenting and reduced risk behaviors is generally weaker. Nonetheless, for both subgroups of countries, engaged parents do appear to make a difference.
Subjects: 
parenting
health risk behaviors
adolescents
Latin America and the Caribbean
JEL: 
I12
I18
I20
J13
O54
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/igo/legalcode
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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