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The frequency of health-related behaviors among saudi adolescents visiting primary health care centers in riyadh city.
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PMID:  23008634     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The primary aim of the study was to calculate the prevalence of some of the health risk associated behavior like insufficient amount of exercise, cigarette smoking, alcohol intake, illicit drug use, driving below age of 18, and illegal sexual practices among the Saudi adolescents in Riyadh city. The second was to study the association between cigarette smoking and the above behaviors.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: It was a cross-sectional survey with 1473 Saudi adolescents, 852 males (57.8%) and 621 females (42.2%) aged 11 to 21 years attending the selected 10 Primary Health Care Centers (PHCCs) were invited to complete a 23-item questionnaire. Part of the questionnaire was used to measure the frequency of some adolescent behavior. These questionnaires were collected within a period of one month from 15 May to 15 June 1998. The PHCCs were selected randomly in Riyadh city.
RESULTS: The prevalence of cigarette smoking was 12.7%, males smoking more than females (19.0% vs. 4.0%); male smokers exercised significantly less than nonsmokers (p<0.025). Only 4.5% of the sample reported alcohol use, 6.4% reported illicit drug use, and 8.0% reported illegal sexual practice. There is a statistically significant association between smoking and other risk behavior. It was found that 41.1% of males below the age of 18 drive a car, and 45.1% of the study sample that drive had a car accident.
CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of illicit drug use, alcohol intake, and illegal sex in Riyadh city is much less than in the west. Cigarette smoking is an antecedent to more negative behavior. Antismoking programs including the prevention of the sale and use of cigarettes in public places are needed to decrease its prevalence. The application of firm traffic laws is also essential.
E I Aleissa
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of family & community medicine     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1319-1683     ISO Abbreviation:  J Family Community Med     Publication Date:  2001 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-25     Completed Date:  2012-10-02     Revised Date:  2013-05-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100911100     Medline TA:  J Family Community Med     Country:  India    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  19-26     Citation Subset:  -    
Al-Rabwa Center for Postgraduate Studies in Family Medicine, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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