Decade-long OU study offers insight on risky behavior
A recent study through the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center brings insight about risky behavior during teenage years. Roy Oman and fellow researchers at the OU College of Public Health recently completed the Youth Asset Study, a 10-year research project aimed at learning what assets help teens avoid risky behavior. Risky behavior in teens comes in many forms, including alcohol use, drug use, violence, weapon carrying, gang affiliations. Oman said the study found the most worrisome example of high risk behavior among teens is sexual activity resulting in pregnancy. An analysis of the data found strong associations between certain assets and risk avoidance. The strongest factor of all to avoid teen pregnancy was school connectedness, Oman said. The research also found religion can play a role in avoidance of high risk behaviors. “Religiosity” (strongly held personal religious beliefs) is an asset highly associated with non-initiation of sexual activity. So is investment of time in religious activities, though only for non-Hispanic white youth. Before the Youth Asset Study, most efforts at risk prevention focused solely on the individual teen.
Neurological health is topic of
‘Neuro Night' forum on March 19
Improving neurological health through education, research and access to care will be the topic of March's Neuro Night forum, scheduled for 6 p.m. March 19, at the Fountains at Canterbury, 1404 NW 122. A light dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. During the event, members of the community will have an opportunity to speak with experts in the neurological aspects of human movement and discover where we are today in brain research and clinical applications. The forum will include a panel that includes Carolyn Craven, clinical assistant professor, Department of Rehabilitative Sciences, OU College of Medicine, OU Health Sciences Center; Dallas Curtis, licensed prosthetist, Oklahoma City Veterans Administration Medical Center; Jeanne Ann King, clinical associate professor, Department of Neurology, OU College of Medicine, OU Health Sciences Center. For more information or to arrange accommodations on the basis of disability, call 271-6267 or go to www.ouhsc.edu/ocns.
From Staff Reports