International Journal of Preventive Medicine Research
Articles Information
International Journal of Preventive Medicine Research, Vol.1, No.4, Oct. 2015, Pub. Date: Jul. 11, 2015
Person, Place and Time Characteristics of Physical Violence Among Adolescents in Dubai / UAE
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Authors
[01] Alshareef N., School and Educational Institutions Health Unit, Health Affairs Department, Primary Health Care Services Sector, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, UAE.
[02] Hussein H., School and Educational Institutions Health Unit, Health Affairs Department, Primary Health Care Services Sector, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, UAE.
[03] Al Faisal W., School and Educational Institutions Health Unit, Health Affairs Department, Primary Health Care Services Sector, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, UAE.
[04] El Sawaf E., Health Centers Department, Primary Health Care Services Sector, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, UAE.
[05] Wasfy A., Statistics and Research Department, Ministry of Health, Dubai, UAE.
[06] AlBehandy N. S., School and Educational Institutions Health Unit, Health Affairs Department, Primary Health Care Services Sector, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, UAE.
[07] Altheeb A. A. S., School and Educational Institutions Health Unit, Health Affairs Department, Primary Health Care Services Sector, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, UAE.
Abstract
Background: Millions of children and teens spend the hours after school unsupervised. Unfortunately, children and teens that are not supervised by adults or involved in structured activities after school are much more likely to use alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, drop out of school, engage in risky sexual activity, get arrested, and carry and use weapons. Objectives: To study person, place and time characteristics of physical violence among adolescent population in Dubai. Methodology: A cross sectional study was designed with a sample size of 1054 students who were randomly selected from preparatory and secondary governmental and private schools in Dubai. Results: Beating by study students against colleagues was reported by 39.4% which was cloths pulling in 31.0%, boxing in 24.5%, slapping in 22.0% and kicking in 22.5%. The place of beating was mainly at school (85%) and in 15% of cases it was on the way to school. The highest percentage of victims were beaten by the study students 1-3 times (77.5%) and 22.5% were beaten more than 3 times over four weeks. Conclusion: As for person facors, students against colleagues was the main. The place of beating was mainly at school or on the way to school. Recommendations: There is a need to seriously address violence as an important health issue in our schools given its magnitude. It is suggested to apply a comprehensive anti-violence program. For violence interventions to be effective it must focus beyond the violent child and the victim to include peers, school staff, parents and the community.
Keywords
Violence, Preparatory Schools, Dubai
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