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How young people communicate risks of snowmobiling in northern Norway: a focus group study.
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PMID:  21481299     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to understand how the risks of snowmobiling are communicated among northern Norwegian youths. Study design. A qualitative design with focus group interviews was chosen. Interviews centred on safety precautions and estimation of risks related to snowmobiling and driving patterns.
METHODS: Eighty-one students (31 girls and 50 boys) aged between 16 and 23 years from 8 high schools were interviewed in 17 focus groups that were segregated by gender. Interview data were analysed using qualitative content analysis.
RESULTS: Boys and girls communicated differently about risks. Peer-group conformity appeared stronger among boys than girls. Boys did not spontaneously relate risks to their snowmobile activities, while girls did. Boys focused upon training, coping and balance between control and lack of control while driving. Girls talked about risks, were aware of risks and sought to avoid risky situations, in contrast to boys. Boys' risk communication in groups was about how to manage challenging situations. Their focus overall was on trying to maintain control while simultaneously testing their limits. Three risk categories emerged: those who drive as they ought to (mostly girls), those who occasionally take some risks (boys and girls) and those who are extreme risk-takers (a smaller number of boys).
CONCLUSIONS: Perceptions of and communication about risk are related to gender, peer group and familiarity with risk-taking when snowmobiling. Northern Norwegian boys' driving behaviour highlights a specific need for risk reduction, but this must also draw upon factors such as acceptance of social and cultural codes and common sense related to snowmobiling.
Grete Mehus; Sidsel Germeten; Nils Henriksen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-04-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of circumpolar health     Volume:  70     ISSN:  2242-3982     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Circumpolar Health     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-03     Completed Date:  2011-08-29     Revised Date:  2012-03-22    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9713056     Medline TA:  Int J Circumpolar Health     Country:  Finland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  205-14     Citation Subset:  IM    
Finnmark University College, Faculty of Nursing, N-9600 Hammerfest, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Focus Groups
Risk Assessment
Snow Sports / injuries*
Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control
Young Adult

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