J Multidiscip Care. 2022;11(4): 178-183.
doi: 10.34172/jmdc.2022.91
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Risk-taking behaviors of the Tehran city; Iranian college students in 2018

Mohammad Hossein Vaziri 1 ORCID logo, Abbas Shamsalinia 2 ORCID logo, Ali Khani Jeihooni 3 ORCID logo, Fatemeh Shirinkam 2 ORCID logo, Nasim Mirzaii 4 ORCID logo, Kobra Noori 1 ORCID logo, Parisa Kasmaei 5 ORCID logo, Fardin Mehrabian 5 ORCID logo, Abolfazl Atashpoosh 6 ORCID logo, Fatemeh Mohammadkhah 1,2* ORCID logo

1 Student Research Committee, School of Public Health and Safety, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Nursing Care Research Center, Health Research Institute, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran
3 Department of Public Health, School of Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
4 Department of Public Health, Firoozabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Firoozabad, Iran
5 Department of Health Education and Promotion, School of Health, Research Center of Health and Environment, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Guilan, Iran
6 Department of Psychology, Lahijan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Lahijan, Iran
*Corresponding Author: Fatemeh Mohammadkhah, Email: mohamadkhahfatemeh@yahoo.com


Background and aims: High-risk behaviors among different strata are one of the most severe health threats in recent years. This study aimed to investigate the frequency of high-risk behaviors among college students in Iran.

Methods: This study was a cross-sectional study with 144 new students in Tehran City, Iran, performed in 2018 using random sampling. The data collection tools included questions on demographic variables and Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) questionnaire. Students completed the questionnaire. The data were analyzed using SPSS 24 and descriptive tests.

Results: In this study, all students were in their first year of university. The results showed that 66% of students were girls and 34% were boys. 6.9% and 9% of students did not wear helmets when riding motorcycles or sitting in the driver’s seat, respectively. Also, threatened and beaten once with a weapon such as a knife or a stick and physically assaulted or beaten once were seen in 9% and 3.6% of students, respectively.9.7% had taken money from their parents or others once without permission.

Conclusion: Based on the findings, many participants engage in high-risk behaviors that endanger their health; Therefore, designing and improving health programs and strategies is essential to reduce the risks and factors that cause high-risk behaviors.

Cite this article as: Vaziri MH, Shamsalinia A, Khani Jeihooni A, Shirinkam F, Mirzaii N, Noori K, et al. Risk-taking behaviors of the Tehran city; Iranian college students in 2018. Journal of Multidisciplinary Care. 2022;11(4):178-183. doi: 10.34172/jmdc.2022.91.
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Submitted: 07 Aug 2022
Revision: 21 Nov 2022
Accepted: 05 Dec 2022
ePublished: 30 Dec 2022
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