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Saudi Arabian university students’ perceptions of health risk behaviours

Saudi Arabian university students’ perceptions of health risk behaviours The purpose of this paper is to investigate how and why Saudi Arabian students engage in specific health risk behaviours (HRBs), and if there are gender differences.Design/methodology/approachIn order to find out the situation regarding university students in Saudi Arabia, quantitative data were collected by administering questionnaires to 722 respondents, and qualitative data were collected using a series of interviews with 17 students.FindingsThe findings of this mixed methods sequential explanatory study suggest that lifestyle and personal factors, as well as economic, social, policy and other aspects of the environment played a significant role in influencing students’ HRBs. Recommendations for mitigating HRBs among these students and other youth in the Saudi Arabian context are provided.Originality/valueThis paper addresses an important gap in the research on HRBs among university students from the perspectives of students. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Health Education Emerald Publishing

Saudi Arabian university students’ perceptions of health risk behaviours

Health Education , Volume 119 (4): 18 – Aug 13, 2019

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0965-4283
DOI
10.1108/he-12-2018-0066
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to investigate how and why Saudi Arabian students engage in specific health risk behaviours (HRBs), and if there are gender differences.Design/methodology/approachIn order to find out the situation regarding university students in Saudi Arabia, quantitative data were collected by administering questionnaires to 722 respondents, and qualitative data were collected using a series of interviews with 17 students.FindingsThe findings of this mixed methods sequential explanatory study suggest that lifestyle and personal factors, as well as economic, social, policy and other aspects of the environment played a significant role in influencing students’ HRBs. Recommendations for mitigating HRBs among these students and other youth in the Saudi Arabian context are provided.Originality/valueThis paper addresses an important gap in the research on HRBs among university students from the perspectives of students.

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Health EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 13, 2019

Keywords: Behaviour; Health; Risk; Students; Universities

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