What is the status quo of high-risk behaviors among male adolescents in the South of Iran?: A cross-sectional study in Bandar Bushehr, Iran

  • Ahmad Sotoudeh
  • Mojtaba Fattahi Ardakani yazd university of medical science and health services
  • Ali Asadian
  • Nayereh Kasiri
  • Kamel Ghobadi
Keywords: Prevalence, high-risk behavious, adolescents, cross-sectional study

Abstract

Introduction: Adolescents are the most vulnerable population in society to high-risk behaviors. It is essential to explore male adolescents’ state of health so as to establish this health well. The present research aimed to explore the prevalence of high-risk behaviors among male adolescents in the south of Iran. Methods: The present cross-sectional research employed a random multi-stratified sampling method to select subjects from male students of secondary schools (2nd grade) in Bushehr in 2017. The data collection instrument was a questionnaire comprised of two parts. The first part explored background information and the second monitored adolescents’ high-risk behaviors. Once the reliability and validity of the questionnaire were confirmed, the collected data were analyzed in SPSS20 using ANOVA test and Tukey post-hoc test. Results: The majority of subjects belonged to the 16 year-old age group. The highest frequency of high-risk behaviors in male adolescents involved physical contact and struggle out of school (22.81%), hookah consumption within a month (19.62%), physical contact and struggle at school within a year (18.30%) and smoking cigarettes out of school in a month (11.14%). Conclusion: The prevalence of high-risk behaviors among male adolescents was for physical contact out of school in a year, hookah consumption in a month and physical contact at school in a year. It is suggested to conduct qualitative research to recognize why adolescents show tendency to risky behaviors and to reduce such behaviors.

 

Author Biographies

Ahmad Sotoudeh

Department of Public Health, School of Public Health, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran

Ali Asadian

Diabetes Research Center, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran

Nayereh Kasiri

Department of Public Health, School of Public Health, Torbat Heydariyeh  University of Medical Sciences, Torbat Heydariyeh, Iran

Health Sciences Research Center, Torbat Heydariyeh University of Medical Sciences, Torbat Heydariyeh, Iran

 

Kamel Ghobadi

Department of Health Education and Health Promotion, School of Public Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

Published
2019-10-08
Section
Research Articles