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Kiwi adolescents not the risk takers they're often made out to be, research shows

Tuesday 15th of January 2019 | Oceania, New Zealand
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Young New Zealanders appear to be taking fewer risks when it comes to engaging in traditionally bad behaviours including smoking, binge drinking and drug use.

A multi-year study has shown significant drops since 2001 in the number of secondary school students involved in risk-taking behaviour.

The research, led by Dr Sonia Lewycka from the University of Auckland, identified a number of possible catalysts for what she and her team said were "profound shifts" in youth risk behaviour.

"Increased parental involvement, monitoring and access restrictions may have resulted in substance use and risky driving being displaced by other forms of sensation seeking, like social media.

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