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Psychosocial Competencies and Risky Behaviours in Peru

Abstract: We use a unique longitudinal dataset from Peru to investigate the relationship between psychosocial competencies related to the concepts of self-esteem, self-efficacy and aspirations, and a number of risky behaviours at a crucial period of transition between adolescence and early adulthood. First, we document a high prevalence of risky behaviours, with one in two individuals engaging in at least one risky activity by the age of 19, and a dramatic increase between the ages of 15 and 19. Second, we find a pronounced pro-male bias and some differences according to area of residence, particularly in the consumption of alcohol, which is more prevalent in urban areas. Third, we find a negative correlation (robust to a number of specifications) between early self-esteem and later risky behaviours. Further, aspiring to higher education at the age of 15 is found to be correlated with a lower probability of drinking and of engaging in criminal behaviours at the age of 19. Similarly, such aspirations protect girls from risky sexual behaviours.

Publication status:PublishedPeer Review status:Peer reviewedVersion:Publisher's versionDate of acceptance:2016 Funder: Department for International Development   Funder: Irish Aid   Funder: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation   Notes:© Young Lives 2016. This publication is copyright, but may be reproduced by any method without fee for teaching or non-profit purposes, but not for resale.

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Issue Date: 2016-07-31Identifiers

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Version: Publisher's versionKeywords: Risky behaviors Psycho-social competencies Peru Young Lives study longitudinal data


Autor: Sanchez, A - - - Favara, M - institutionUniversity of Oxford Oxford, SSD, International Development Wadham College - - - - Biblio



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