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Title: High-school dropouts in a working-class South African community: selected characteristics and risk-taking behaviour

Synopsis: The aims of the project were: (1) to document selected characteristics of teenage school dropouts in a working-class South African community; and (2) to compare the prevalence of the risk-taking behaviour of the dropouts with those attending school. Of the 548 teenagers sampled, 15;9% were dropouts; of these 621% left school after less than 9 years of schooling. Those still attending school were more likely to engage in suicidal behaviour but less likely to abuse substances and (for girls) to have had sexual intercourse. Intervention needs to begin in primary school and to address the inter-related phenomena of dropping out and risk-taking behaviour. Copyright 1995, 1999 Academic Press high-school, dropouts, working-class, south, african, community, selected, characteristics, risk-taking, behaviour, aims, project, 1, document, selected, characteristics, teenage, school, dropouts, working-class, south, african, community, 2, compare, prevalence, risk-taking, behaviour, dropouts, attending, school, 548, teenagers, sampled, 15, 9%, dropouts, 621%, left, school, 9, years, schooling, attending, school, likely, engage, suicidal, behaviour, likely, abuse, substances, girls, sexual, intercourse, intervention, needs, begin, primary, school, address, inter-related, phenomena, dropping, risk-taking, behaviour, copyright, 1995, 1999, academic, press,

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