Assessment of risky decision making and associated socio-demographic and psychological factors in a group of young people
Sabrine Linhares 1 2 * , Lamia Daghor 2 , Sanaa Bendahmane 2 , Abdelhafid Benksim 2 3 4
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1 Laval University, Faculty of Pharmacy, Quebec City, QC, CANADA2 Private University of Marrakech, Marrakech, MOROCCO3 Higher Institute of Nursing Professions and Health Techniques, Laboratory of Health Sciences, Environment and Innovation, Marrakesh, MOROCCO4 Cadi Ayyad University, Semlalia Faculty of Sciences, Laboratory of Pharmacology, Neurobiology, Anthropobiology and Environment, Marrakech, MOROCCO* Corresponding Author


Background: Risky behaviors often place young people young people in problematic situations. The aim of this study is to examine the factors that influence risky decision making in a group of young people studied.
Methods: Between 1 April and 30 July 2022 and through a remote questionnaire, the cross-sectional study included 204 young people, 26.47% of whom were likely to make high-risk decisions. Data were analyzed using SPSS statistics for Windows, version 16.0. Statistical significance was set at p<0.05.
Results: Increased risk decisions in young adults were significantly associated with age (92.6%), violent environment (83.3%), education (53.7%), bulimia (48.1%), anorexia (11.1%), insomnia (72.2%), irritability (53.7%), depression (24.1%), suicidal thoughts (40.7%), fear of abandonment (48.1%), and trauma (63.3%) as well as toxic habits such as tobacco (55.6%), alcohol (64.8%), and drugs (50.0%).
Conclusions: Risky decision-making behaviors involve areas of the brain that undergo changes in early adulthood. Socio-economic, nutritional, and psychosocial factors are involved. It is therefore necessary to understand the associated psychological and biological reasons in order to adjust prevention.


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Article Type: Brief Report

J CLIN EXP INVEST, 2023, Volume 14, Issue 4, Article No: em00823

Publication date: 11 Sep 2023

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