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Title: Knowledge, attitudes and practices of secondary-school pupils in Oman: I. Health-compromising behaviours
Authors: Jaffer, Y.A.
Afifi, M.
Al Ajmi, F.
Al Ajmi, F.
Al Ouhaishi, K.
Issue Date: 2006
Language: English
Abstract: We investigated the practice of some of health-compromising behaviors among Omani adolescents and their correlates in a nationally representative secondary school-based sample of 1670 boys and 1675 girls. The mean age of the sample was 17.13 [SD 1.35] years. Through a self-administrated questionnaire the adolescents were asked about 6 risky behaviors: current smoking, ever use of alcohol, succumbing to peer pressure to take illicit drugs, driving without a licence, speeding while driving and being involved in a physical fight in the month prior to the survey. Demographic and psychosocial variables related to their risk behaviors were also assessed. The results indicated that 4.6% were current smokers, 4.3% had drunk alcohol and 4.6% had taken drugs. About 20% had been involved in a physical fight in the month prior to the survey, 33.4% drove without a licence and 33.9% liked to speed. Male sex and low self-esteem were the strongest predictors of risky behavior
Description: 35-49
Keywords: Adolescent Behavior
Alcohol Drinking
Subject: Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
ISSN: 1020-3397
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