Adolescent involvement in anti-social and delinquent behaviours : predicting future injury risk

Buckley, Lisa, Chapman, Rebekah, & Sheehan, Mary (2012) Adolescent involvement in anti-social and delinquent behaviours : predicting future injury risk. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 48(Sep), pp. 518-522.

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The purpose of this study was to challenge the broadly based focus of injury prevention strategies towards concern with the needs of young adolescents who engage in multiple anti-social and delinquent behaviours. Five hundred and forty 13-14 year olds reported on injuries and truancy, violence, illegal road behaviours, drug, and alcohol use. Engagement in these behaviours was found to contribute to the likelihood of an injury. Those engaging in the most anti-social and delinquent behaviours were around five times more likely to report medically-treated injuries in the past three months. Their likelihood of future injury was 1.8 times more likely when they were followed up three months later. The engagement in multiple delinquent and illegal behaviours thus significantly increased the likelihood of injury and identifies a particularly vulnerable group. The findings also suggest that reaching these young people represents a key target for change strategies in injury prevention programs.

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ID Code: 50746
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: adolescent, injury, anti-social, delinquent behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2012.02.010
ISSN: 0001-4575
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Accident Analysis and Prevention. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Accident Analysis and Prevention, VOL. 48, ISSUE Sep, (2012) DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2012.02.010
Deposited On: 04 Jun 2012 22:30
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2015 19:42

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