Use of Adolescent Problems and Risk Behaviours Inventory (IPERI) to Predict the Influence of Personal Problems on Risky Behaviour among Adolescent in Sarawak, Malaysia
This study explores the use of Adolescent Problems and Risk Behaviours Inventory (IPERI)
to predict the relationship of personal problems on risky behaviour among adolescence aged
14 to 17. The objective of this research is to analyse the influence of personal problems such
as study problems, family support, financial problems, career indecision, peer influence,
spiritual management and health condition on the development of risky behaviours among
adolescents. The risky behaviours comprise of eight (8) behaviours which include discipline
problems, physical bulling, suicidal thoughts, free sex, tobacco consumption, alcohol abuse,
drug abuse and media influence. A survey using Adolescent Problems and Risk Behaviours
Inventory (IPERI) is administered to three hundred and seventy-nine (379) respondents, age
between 14 to 17. The analysis of Pearson Correlation Coefficient and Standard Multiple
Regression showed the existence of significance between all the problem variables, study
problems (r = .316), family support (r = .256), financial problems (r = .240), health condition
(r = .134), peer influence (r = .189), career indecision (r = .185) and spiritual management
(r = .242), with the risky behaviour variables. This research contributes to the profiling
of adolescents’ risky behaviours which can guide the development of interventions in tackling
adolescent’s risky behaviours.
Keywords: Personal problem; risky behavior; adolescent; spiritual; sexual
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