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Risk and Resilience 101

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National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention

Thirty years ago, most prevention efforts relied on fear. They tried to convince young people that smoking or using drugs would damage their health and ruin their futures. The field of prevention has become much more sophisticated. We now know prevention works best when it involves all of the social and environmental factors that influence the choices that young people make. The choice to begin smoking, for example, is influenced by a child


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