Why adolescents are especially vulnerable to reproductive health risks

Stop reading for a moment and think about this from your own experience. Why do you think adolescents exhibit more risk-taking behaviour than children or adults?

Although adolescents tend to be less informed than adults they often have a sense of having unlimited power, feelings of invulnerability and impulsiveness that can lead to reckless behaviour. They are curious and have a natural inclination to experiment. There is conflict between their own emerging values and beliefs and those of their parents and so adolescents may be trying to demonstrate these differences by experimenting with drugs and law-breaking activities.

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