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Course module: 201800007
201800007
Risk behavior and addiction in adolescence
Course infoSchedule
Course code201800007
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level3 (Bachelor Advanced)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Social Sciences; Undergraduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Interdisciplinary social and behavioural sciences;
Contact persondr. R.J.J.M. van den Eijnden
E-mailR.J.J.M.vandenEijnden@uu.nl
Lecturers
Lecturer
prof. dr. T.F.M. ter Bogt
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Lecturer
dr. V.P.J. Duindam
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Lecturer
dr. R.J.J.M. van den Eijnden
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Contactperson for the course
dr. R.J.J.M. van den Eijnden
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Lecturer
D.W. Weinberg
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Teaching period
1  (31/08/2020 to 06/11/2020)
Teaching period in which the course begins
1
Time slotB: TUE-morning, THU-afternoon
Study mode
Full-time
Enrolment periodfrom 02/06/2020 up to and including 28/06/2020
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Pre-enrolmentNo
Post-registrationYes
Post-registration openfrom 17/08/2020 up to and including 18/08/2020
Waiting listNo
Aims
At the end of this course
  • students will have an overview of the most important issues in the study of risk behavior and addiction among adolescents;
  • students will have knowledge of the most important theories to understand and explain substance use and other appetitive behaviors, and the development of addiction to these substances or behaviors;
  • students will have knowledge of the possible effects of substance use, other appetitive behaviors, and addiction to these substances or behaviors;
  • students will be able to apply the acquired theoretical and empirical knowledge when analyzing social youth issues;
  • students will be able to reflect on possible policy or intervention practices that may help to prevent social youth issues.
Content
Since the early ‘00s, the use of tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis among Dutch adolescents has shown a decreasing pattern (de Looze et al., 2015; 2017). Despite this positive development, still 20% of the16-year old adolescents has been smoking, and 59% has been drinking alcohol last month. Moreover, in comparison to other European countries, Dutch adolescents are still among the heavy drinkers, and the prevalence of cannabis use is twice as high  (38% of the 16-year olds has been using cannabis during their lifetime). Given these statistics and given the adverse (health) effects of substance use, including the increased risk of developing addiction problems, it remains important to study predictors and outcomes of substance use among Dutch adolescent. Besides that, since the early ‘00s, technology-related addictive behaviors have emerged, and a substantial amount of Dutch adolescents is so highly engaged in gaming, social media use, and smartphone use that it may go at the expense of other important life-domains and may have a negative impact on their future development. The focus of this course will be on gaining a better understanding of theories and research on adolescent risk behaviors that may develop into substance (e.g. smoking, drinking, cannabis use, use of illicit drugs) or behavioral addictions (e.g. internet-related problems, gambling disorder, eating disorder). Finally, attention will be given to the prevention and treatment of these problems.

Academic skills

- Apply theoretical and empirical knowledge when analysing social youth issues.
- Reflect on possible policy or intervention practices that may help to prevent social youth issues.
Competencies
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Entry requirements
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Prerequisite knowledge
A bachelor or premaster social sciences is highly recommended.
Required materials
Items
Zie cursuscatalogus.
Instructional formats
Exam inspection

Lecture

General remarks
Eight lectures.

Class session preparation
Reading the literature specified for that particular lecture.

Practicum: Paper atelier

General remarks
Two voluntary meetings of four hours where students can work on their own group assignment under supervision of a teacher.

Presentation

Q&A

Workgroup

General remarks
A total of six tutorials, two during the first five weeks of the course that will help to prepare for the MC-exam, and four during the last four weeks of the course that are required to prepare for the written (group) assignment.

Class session preparation
Prepare for the tutorials (read the literature) and active participation during tutorials.

Contribution to group work
Prepare for the tutorials and active participation in the group assignment.

Tests
Assignment
Test weight35
Minimum grade5.5

Assessment
The application of interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical knowledge when analyzing the development of social youth issues.

Deadlines
See course manual.

Prelim
Test weight65
Minimum grade5.5

Assessment
Knowledge of the most important theories to understand and explain substance use and other appetititve behaviors, and the development of addiction to these substances or behaviors. Knowledge of the possible effects of substance use, other appetitive behaviors, and addiction to these substances or behaviors.

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