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Estimating the prevalence of high-risk behaviors using network scale-up method in university students of Larestan in 2014

(2017) Estimating the prevalence of high-risk behaviors using network scale-up method in university students of Larestan in 2014. Journal of Substance Use. pp. 145-148. ISSN 14659891 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Background: University students are prone to high-risk behaviors. The present study aimed to estimate the prevalence of high-risk behaviors among university students in Larestan using network scale-up (NSU) method. Methods: This study was conducted on 390 students of Larestan’s universities to estimate their social network and the prevalence of some high-risk behaviors, including cigarette/hookah smoking, tramadol/opium use, alcohol consumption, and pre/extra-marital sex. The data were collected using a researcher-made questionnaire. Then, the prevalence of high-risk behaviors was estimated by NSU method using the SPSS statistical software, version 19. Results: The prevalence of cigarette smoking, hookah smoking, tramadol use, opium use, alcohol consumption, and pre/extra-marital sex was 16.44, 22.66, 6.93, 4.08, 18.79, and 19.39, respectively. Based on uncertainty intervals, the prevalence of all the behaviors was significantly higher in males than in females. Conclusion: The results showed the high prevalence of high-risk behaviors in university students of Larestan. Higher estimations of high-risk behaviors in the NSU methods might be attributed to the fact that the respondents may not tell the truth when asked directly about sensitive behaviors. © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: High-risk behaviors Iran network scale-up university students alcohol opiate tramadol adult alcohol consumption Article cross-sectional study extramarital sex female high risk behavior hookah smoking human major clinical study male opiate addiction prevalence priority journal questionnaire scale up smoking social network student attitude university student
Divisions: Education Vice-Chancellor Department > Faculty of Health > Department of Public health
Page Range: pp. 145-148
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Substance Use
Journal Index: Scopus
Volume: 22
Number: 2
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3109/14659891.2016.1150528
ISSN: 14659891 (ISSN)
Depositing User: خانم موهبت شیوخی
URI: http://eprints.larums.ac.ir/id/eprint/134

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