Prevalence and Patterns of Health Risk Behaviors of Palestinian Youth: Findings from a Representative Survey

45 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2016 Last revised: 22 Jul 2016

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Peter Glick

RAND Corporation

Umaiyeh Kammash

RAND Corporation

Mohammed Shaheen

Al-Quds Open University

Ryan Andrew Brown

RAND Corporation

Prodyumna Goutam

Indian Institute of Management (IIM)

Rita Karam

RAND Corporation

Sebastian Linnemayr

RAND Corporation

Salwa Massad

(UNRWA) United Nations Relief and Works Agency

Date Written: July 21, 2016

Abstract

Very little is known about youth health risk behaviors such as drug and alcohol use and sexual activity in the Middle East and North Africa, and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories specifically. This lack of information, together with a lack of open discussion of these topics, leaves public health authorities in the region unprepared to deal with emerging public health threats at a time when major social and economic changes are increasing the risks that young men and women face. The Palestinian Youth Health Risk Study was designed to address these gaps in knowledge. It is the first in the region to collect large scale, representative survey data from youth on key risk behaviors (smoking, alcohol and drug use, and sexual activity as well as interpersonal violence). The study investigates the prevalence and patterns of these risk behaviors as well as of mental health, perceptions of the risks of such behaviors, and the factors increasing vulnerability to as well as protection from engagement in them.

Suggested Citation

Glick, Peter and Kammash, Umaiyeh and Shaheen, Mohammed and Brown, Ryan Andrew and Goutam, Prodyumna and Karam, Rita and Linnemayr, Sebastian and Massad, Salwa, Prevalence and Patterns of Health Risk Behaviors of Palestinian Youth: Findings from a Representative Survey (July 21, 2016). RAND Working Paper Series WR-1119-1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2791794 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2791794

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Mohammed Shaheen

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Prodyumna Goutam

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Rita Karam

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Sebastian Linnemayr

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Salwa Massad

(UNRWA) United Nations Relief and Works Agency ( email )

Jordan

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