Teacher Awareness and Attitudes Regarding Adolescent Risk Behaviours : a Sample of Finnish Middle and High School Teachers

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Castren , S , Temcheff , C E , Derevensky , J , Josefsson , K , Alho , H & Salonen , A H 2017 , ' Teacher Awareness and Attitudes Regarding Adolescent Risk Behaviours : a Sample of Finnish Middle and High School Teachers ' , International journal of mental health and addiction , vol. 15 , no. 2 , pp. 295-311 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-016-9721-z

Title: Teacher Awareness and Attitudes Regarding Adolescent Risk Behaviours : a Sample of Finnish Middle and High School Teachers
Author: Castren, Sari; Temcheff, Caroline E.; Derevensky, Jeffrey; Josefsson, Kim; Alho, Hannu; Salonen, Anne H.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Clinicum
University of Helsinki, Department of Psychology and Logopedics
University of Helsinki, Clinicum
Date: 2017-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: International journal of mental health and addiction
ISSN: 1557-1874
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/214804
Abstract: Empirical evidence has shown that youth gamble on both regulated and unregulated games, despite legislative prohibitions. This study assesses middle and high school teachers' awareness and attitudes regarding adolescent gambling and other potentially high-risk behaviours in Finland. A convenience sample of teachers (N = 157) from 13 provinces participated in the survey. The results suggest that teachers in Finland were more knowledgeable of the age limits of other adolescent high-risk behaviours than the legal age for gambling. Teachers were somewhat familiar with the behaviours and consequences associated with adolescent gambling. All other risk behaviours were perceived as being more important than gambling. Teachers' awareness about gambling prevention material in Finnish schools was limited. Results suggest that initiatives are required to enhance teachers' knowledge of adolescent problem gambling and its harmful short- and long-term consequences. School policies and guidelines including gambling behavior should be implemented in middle and high schools globally.
Subject: Adolescents
Attitudes
Continuing education
Gambling
Preventive initiatives
Students
Teachers
YOUTH GAMBLING PROBLEMS
PREVENTION PROGRAM
MENTAL-HEALTH
FINLAND
TEENAGERS
KNOWLEDGE
CHILDREN
3124 Neurology and psychiatry
515 Psychology
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