Prevalence of Risk Behaviors Related to Intentional and Unintentional Injuries among Adolescent High school Students of Sistan & Balouchestan, Southeast of Iran

AUTHORS

NM bakhshani 1 , * , Kobra Lashkaripour 1 , S Bakhshani 2 , M Hoseinbore 3

1 Research Center for Children and Adolescents Health, Faculty of Medicine Zahedan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services Zahedan, Iran.

2 Faculty of Medicine Zahedan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services Zahedan, Iran.

3 Faculty of Psychology, Sistan & Balouchestan University, Zahedan, Iran.

How to Cite: bakhshani N, Lashkaripour K, Bakhshani S, Hoseinbore M. Prevalence of Risk Behaviors Related to Intentional and Unintentional Injuries among Adolescent High school Students of Sistan & Balouchestan, Southeast of Iran, Zahedan J Res Med Sci. 2007 ; 9(3):e94786.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: 9 (3); e94786
Published Online: September 24, 2007
Article Type: Research Article
Received: November 20, 2006
Accepted: July 06, 2007
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Abstract

Background: Adolescence is an important stage of life marked by changes and rapid
development. These changes are associated with health-related behaviors and influence. The
purpose of this research was to determine the prevalence of health–related risk behaviors leading
to unintentional and intentional injuries among adolescent high school students of Sistan &
Balouchestan province.
Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, a multistage cluster sampling method was
used to select a representative sample of high school students of Sistan & Balouchestan province. A
total of 1855 students (925 males and 930 females) were selected and asked for completion of the
questionnaire of risk behaviors.
Results: During 12 months preceding the survey, 42.6% of students had ridden motorcycle; 78%
of the riders never, 14.5% rarely and 7.5% always used safety helmet. In response to the question of
using seat belt while driving a car, they stated never, rarely and always with 39.2%, 35.7% and
24.9%, respectively. They showed that 39% had ridden with a driver who had used drug (opiate or
alcohol) and 49.3% stated to have driven a car one or more times without license during lifetime.
About 22.1% of high school students had some time carried a weapon (a gun, knife) and 6.7%
had carried a gun during the 12 months preceding the study. In that period of time, 53.3% of
students were involved in a physical fight and 41.8% reported injury due to their fights, 19.6% had
attempted or designed a suicide and 69% reported sadness for several days. About 14.2% had been
absent from school one or more times because of unsafe feeling at school or on the way to or from
school. In the year prior to the survey, 40.9% had left school without permission. Also, 4% of
students had left their home for one day or more.
Conclusion: The findings indicated that many high school students of Sistan & Balouchestan
were engaged in behaviors that place them at risk of serious health problems. Planning and
improving health policies and programs, particularly focusing on adolescents, are recommended to
reduce risk associated behaviors.

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