All people have some combination of risk and protective factors.
Many factors are related to multiple outcomes.
Outcomes of risk and protective factors vary with regard to many other factors within (e.g., age) and outside the person (e.g., living conditions)
Different factors have a greater or lesser influence on behaviour at different stages in a person’s life
Presence of certain factors at specific developmental stages helps in progress or advancement of problematic use at later developmental stages (stepping-stones)
Outcomes of some risk and protective factors are general (e.g., related to health in general, or diverse health problems), while of others are more specific (e.g., related to only one health problem)
There is cumulative effect of risk factors – the more risk factors a person has, the greater the likelihood they will have a given health problem
There is cumulative effect of protective factors – the more protective factors a person has, the greater the likelihood they will lessen/buffer/ balance the effect of risk factors for a given health problem
Persons with the same set of risk factors will probably not experience the same difficulties
Exposure to even a significant number of risk factors does not necessarily mean that health problem will certainly occur.
Absence of risk factors do not mean that person will never develop health problem.
Privacy & Cookies Policy
Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website.