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NCJ Number: NCJ 242149     Find in a Library
Title: Drinking-Smoking Status and Health Risk Behaviors Among High School Students in Thailand
Author(s): Darika Saingam ; Sawitri Assanangkornchai ; Alan F. Geater
  Journal: Journal of Drug Education  Volume:42  Issue:2  Dated:2012  Pages:177 to 193
Date Published: 2012
Page Count: 17
  Annotation: This study explored the drinking-smoking status and health risk behaviors of a sample of high school students in Thailand.
Abstract: While drinking, smoking, and health risk behaviors have been found to be significant problems among adolescents in Thailand, little research has been conducted to determine the association between the co-use of alcohol and tobacco and risk taking behavior. This study explored this association and found that alcohol and tobacco use tended not only to precede but also to increase the risk of initiating illegal substance use. The study also found that fighting was higher among male adolescents, and that adolescents who drank, used tobacco, or were co-users were at an increased risk for aggressive behavior compared to non-users. Additionally, the study found that co-users were at an increased risk for having premature and unprotected sex compared to non-users; that co-users were at an increased risk for suicidal thoughts compared to non-users; and that alcohol and tobacco use increased the risk of depression with no significant differences between genders. These findings indicate that alcohol and tobacco use poses a significant health problem among adolescents in Thailand and the prevention initiatives should be targeted towards both middle and high school students. Data for the study were obtained from secondary data analysis using the dataset from the 2007 National School Survey for Alcohol Consumption and Health Risk Behaviors, a bi-annual survey monitoring drinking and other health risk behaviors among high school students in Thailand. The variables analyzed for the study were risk behaviors that included illegal substance use, premature and unprotected sex, fighting, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Study limitations are discussed. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Alcohol abuse
Index Term(s): Sexual behavior ; Suicide ; Juvenile suicide ; Risk taking behavior ; Suicide causes ; Childhood depression ; Tobacco use ; Adolescents at risk ; Thailand
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Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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