Nicoletta BALBO

Nationality Italian
Year of selection2012
RiskLife risks

Type of support

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Granted amount

120 000 €


2 years

Teens and risk: The universal elements of substance abuse

Alcohol, tobacco, drugs: many people first try them as teens, which is also the age when substance abuse problems may begin. But the social and psychological factors behind them are unclear.
Dr. Nicoletta Balbo is measuring teens’ evalution of risk and identifying causes of substance use through statistical analyses of interacting risk factors. Rigorous, quantitative comparisons of multiple European countries like this are rare. Yet, identifying “universal” elements could lead to effective prevention strategies.

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