Risky health-related behaviours among school-aged adolescents: a rational 'consumer' choice?

Jane E K Hartley

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Within the contemporary culture of consumption, school-aged adolescents, though neither waged nor salaried producers, are nevertheless treated by the media and the advertisers as if they are active consumers who are engaged in the project of the self. For those adolescents who lack the financial resources to 'buy into' this culture, anxiety may ensue. In order to ease this anxiety, and to acquire social status, some - not all - may make the 'rational' 'consumer' choice to engage in risky health-related behaviour. In situ ethnographic research is needed in order to complement and inform the existing survey-based evidence on the relationship between economic status and health-related behaviour among school-aged adolescents as they deal with the pressures of consumerism.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Early online date7 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2015


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