How a healthy blend of prosocial behaviors and social risk taking can benefit adolescents


This literature review analyzes previous research conducted on the increase of risk-taking behaviors and prosocial behaviors that emerge during adolescence. The authors propose a new area of study: prosocial risk taking in adolescence. This new idea introduces how adolescents may be more inclined to take risks in order to act prosocially around their peers. The social risk could be defending a peer from a bully while risking their own reputation. This area of study could help create opportunities for healthy prosocial development.


Source: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2017-27376-024

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