Worksheet number one: Risks
Risks are the possibilities of loss or injury. They are the potential for something to have a negative impact on a person, people or the wider community. Risks exist in every aspect of your life, and some are more risky than others. For example, drink driving is a very risky behavior that could cause injury, disability or even death, not to mention the risk of having a criminal conviction record. Eating high fat meals is also a risky behavior as it puts you at risk of developing lifestyle diseases like obesity, diabetes or cardiovascular disease, but does not have the acute impact that drink driving often has. Playing sport also has its risks, but the benefits of regular physical activity and social interaction almost certainly outweigh the dangers.
Brainstorm as many risk behaviours or environments that you can think of in the table below:
Jumping off rocks at the beach
Swimming whilst rips
Sharing drinks with strangers
Texting while driving
Play sport without protective gear
Now list your risk behaviours/environments from most to least risky (1 is the most risky) 1
Texting whilst driving
Justify why your number one risk is considered more risky than your second risk
Worksheet two: Risks aren’t necessarily a bad thing
Risk taking is often perceived as a negative behaviour. However, if an individual knows how to assess the risk and the consequences they are able to make a more calculated decision. Taking risks involves fear and uncertainty, however, even failure can help you grow and mature. Learning to assess risks is a process that requires practice, maturity and experience.
Decision Making Model
Step one: what is the problem? What decision has to be made? Step two: what options are available to you?
Step three: examine the options available to you.
Step four: consider the consequences of each option.
Step five: select the option you will take and the action.
Step six: evaluate the decision (was it the right choice?)
Use the decision making model to address the following scenarios. 1. You have been given the chance to go skydiving.
Just do it for experience.
2. You have an exam tomorrow and can’t be bothered studying. Start studying and know it is for the best.
3. Your parents are going away for the weekend and have specifically told you not have anyone over. However, your best friend has asked if they can come over and stay for the weekend. Ring your parents and asked if your best-friend can come over
Why do you believe adolescents engage in risk taking behavior? If you don’t look at the risk your behavior determines whether or not you do it
Go to the following link http://teenmentalhealth.org/blog/post/risk-taking-behaviour-in-adolescence and now discuss why adolescents may choose to take risks
Research what a ‘calculated risk’ is?
A chance taken after careful estimation of the probable outcome, as in Taking their dispute to arbitration was definitely a calculated risk.
Indicate the level of risk for each of the following situations. Be prepared to give reasons for your answer (level of risk either: low, medium...
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