CE Credit

High-Risk Behaviors In Young People: Screening and Intervention

Welcome to the training on High-Risk Behaviors In Young People: Screening and Intervention provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Credit hours: 2.00 CE


The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps providers and others to recognize the origin, prevalence, signs, symptoms and effects of high-risk behaviors and to respond with appropriate interventions that promote protective factors and help youth make healthy decisions.

Target Audience

Texas Health Steps providers and other interested health-care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Summarize how physical, cognitive and social development influences risk-taking behavior among adolescents and distinguish between positive risk-taking and unsafe risk-taking behaviors.
  2. Specify common high-risk behaviors and their impact on young people.
  3. Apply the Texas Health Steps Periodicity Schedule to conduct routine screenings for high-risk behaviors.

NOTE: For purposes of this module, the terms “young person,” “youth,” “teen” and “adolescent” are interchangeable. The term “parent” also refers to guardians and caregivers.

Please note this module expires on 8/3/2024.

This module was released on 8/3/2021.

Accreditation Statement


Browser Requirements

Section 1: The Lure of High-Risk Behaviors for Young People

Section 2: Communication Strategies

Section 3: Motor Vehicle Crashes and Violence

Section 4:  Self-Injury and Suicide

Section 5: Substance Use

Section 6: Sexual Behavior

Section 7: Unhealthy Eating

  • Academy for Eating Disorders publishes many resources in multiple languages for health-care providers and others, including Eating Disorders: A Guide To Medical Care (2016). The guide is endorsed by the AAP, the American Psychiatric Association and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, among other professional medical organizations.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics. Bright Futures Guidelines and Pocket Guide. An essential resource that provides health-care professionals with updated background and recommendations for pediatric health promotion, health supervision, screening schedules and anticipatory guidance.
  • National Eating Disorders Association. (2018). Information By Eating Disorder.
  • Oral Health Literacy: Tool Kit offers a list (beginning on page 53) of plain language terms that can be substituted for medical terms.
  • WebMD. Raising Fit Kids: Healthy Nutrition, Exercise and Weight. Interactive content for children, teenagers and parents.

Section 8: Making Referrals

The medical definitions in this module were obtained or adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Mayo Clinic, Megan Meier Foundation, Merriam-Webster, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Orthorexia.com, Oxford University Press, ScienceDirect, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and The Nemours Foundation.