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Title: Factors Associated with Unintentional Injury among University Students in 26 Countries
Authors: Karl Peltzer
Supa Pengpid
Mahidol University
University of Limpopo
Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2015
Citation: Public Health Nursing. Vol.32, No.5 (2015), 440-452
Abstract: © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Objective: The aim of this study was to determine estimates of the incidence and social correlates of nonfatal injury among university students in 26 low-, middle-, and high-income countries. Design and Sample: Using anonymous questionnaires, data were collected in a cross-sectional survey of 19,111 undergraduate university students (mean age 20.8, SD = 2.8) from 27 universities in 26 countries across Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Measures: Questionnaire on health risk behaviors, psychological distress, personality, social variables, and injury requiring medical treatment or missing at least one day of usual activities. Results: The percentage of university students reporting one or more serious injuries within the past 12 months was 25.2% for all countries, in men 28.8% and women 21.1%. In multivariate logistic regression among men, socio-demographic variables, health risk behaviors, posttraumatic stress (PTSD) symptoms, lack of personal control and lack of social support, and among women, residing on campus, health risk behaviors, PTSD symptoms, lack of personal control, and lack of social support were associated with injury incidence. Conclusions: Several risk factors were identified which will increase the understanding of public health nurses of injuries in university communities to design programs for injury prevention programs specifically targeting university students, staff, and university health center professionals.
ISSN: 15251446
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2011-2015

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