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An adolescent injury intervention : selecting targeted behaviours with implications for program design and evaluation

Buckley, Lisa & Sheehan, Mary C. (2010) An adolescent injury intervention : selecting targeted behaviours with implications for program design and evaluation. Australian Health Review, 34(4), pp. 487-492.

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Abstract

Objectives: This paper sought to identify the behaviour change targets for an injury prevention program; Skills for Preventing Injury in Youth, SPIY. The aim was to explore how such behaviours could subsequently be implemented and evaluated in the program. Methods and Design: The quantitative procedure involved a survey with 267 Year 8 and 9 students (mean age 13.23 years) regarding their engagement in risk-taking behaviours that may lead to injury. The qualitative study involved 30 students aged 14 to 17 years reporting their experiences of injury and risk-taking. Results: Injury risk behaviours co-occurred among three-quarters of those who reported engaging in any alcohol use or transport or violence related injury risk behaviour. Students described in detail some of these experiences. Conclusions: The selection process of identifying target behaviours for change for an injury prevention program is described. Adolescents’ description of such risk behaviours can inform the process of operationalising and contextualising program content and deciding on evaluation methodology. The design of an effective injury prevention program involves considerable preparatory work and this paper was able to describe the process of identifying the behavioural targets for change that can be operationalised and evaluated in the injury prevention program, SPIY.

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ID Code: 31363
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Published version also freely available via Official URL.
Keywords: behaviour change, injury prevention, adolescent, school-based program, transport risk-taking, interpersonal violence
DOI: 10.1071/AH09779
ISSN: 0156-5788
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Promotion (111712)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 AHHA
Deposited On: 21 Dec 2010 13:17
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2013 09:31

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