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Consequences of risk-taking behaviour

Updated: Nov 15, 2020

What is risk taking behaviour?

Risk-taking behaviour usually refers to behaviour that may not necessarily have a positive outcome. Deciding to take part in risk-taking behaviour may have long term consequences for the person involved and may even put others lives in danger. Examples of the most common risk-taking behaviours include:

  • dangerous driving - joyriding/drink/drug driving

  • anti-social behaviour

  • deliberate self-harm

  • severe dieting

  • unprotected sex

  • overeating

What are the consequences of risk taking behaviour?

There are many consequences when young people decide to get involved with risk taking behaviour. These consequences may include:

  • criminal conviction - if the young person is involved in anti-social behaviour or dangerous driving.

  • injury to others such as friends - if the young person is involved in anti-social behaviour or dangerous driving.

  • injury to self - if the young person is involved deliberate self-harm. This may also lead to social isolation of the young person.

  • relationship difficulties with peers - if the young person is involved with risk taking behaviour regularly and other friends feel uncomfortable with this.

  • problems with parents - if the young person is staying out late, coming home drunk, this may cause arguments with their parents.

  • feelings of shame/regret/fear - if the young person reflects on their poor choices they may experience these feelings that could lead to mental health problems if they are not managed/dealt with.

  • Pregnancy - if the young person participates in unprotected sex.

  • Low self-esteem - if the young person is not happy with their appearance and is involved in overeating and/or severe dieting.





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