Risk and protection factors in pre-adolescence: the importance of school, family and friends - The presented study gets its idea from the interactionist and constructivist model (Jessor e Jessor, 1977) and aims to investigate which at risk and protection behaviours systems may be associated with physical, psychic and social wellbeing, in preadolescent subjects. More specifically we refer to some at risk behaviours as motorcyclists’ dangerous driving, pornography and game of chance utilisation and their relation to formative success. We involved a group of about 300 adolescents that, because of their life span cycle phase, have not yet strongly structured neither deviant social conducts or crystallised at risk behaviours, attending three secondary schools in Naples. To everyone was administered the questionnaire "Me, the school and my life style" (Bonino, Cattellino, Ciairano, 2003), simplifying its articulation and expositive clearness. The study pointed out the role developed by some variables as the possibility to find support inside the family, supporting youths’ adaptation and improving non deviant conducts development.
Keywords: Risk behaviour, protective factors, preadolescence