Risky behaviour patterns of the youth: Sexuality, substance abuse | 32584
Pediatrics & Therapeutics

Pediatrics & Therapeutics
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Risky behaviour patterns of the youth: Sexuality, substance abuse and driving entertaining/motor vehicles

5th International Conference on Pediatric Nursing & Healthcare

July 11-12, 2016 Cologne, Germany

Selen Ozakar Akca and Filiz Selen

Hitit University Health School, Turkey

Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Pediat Therapeut

Abstract :

Early diagnosis and prevention of risky behaviors of the youth, counseling and guidance services are among the important roles of professionals working with young people. In this study it was aimed to determine the sexual behavior, substance abuse and driving entertaining/motor vehicles attitudes of 16-18 years old young people, who constitute the most risky age range in the adolescence period. All young people in the 16-18 age group of vocational school (N=980) created the universe of the study, no sample selection was made and volunteers consisted the sample of the study (n=790). The questionnaire (QF) including young personsâ�?�? socio-demographic characteristics, sexual behaviours, substance abuse and driving entertaining/ motor vehicles attitudes determining questions has been applied. Research data was evaluated with appropriate statistical methods. Average age value of young participants in the study was 17.36�?±0.2 years and all of them were male. It was determined that 73.4% of the youth had sexual intercourse and 61.1% did not receive education about healthy sexual life. It was seen that 43.5% of those think cigarettes are not harmful for health, 39.2% alcohol and 37.1% drugs/volatile substances. Furthermore it was determined that 14.1% of the youth participating in the study tried alcohol, 13.7% drugs/volatile subtances, 62% drive motor vehicles, 28.6% disregard traffic rules and 42.8% do not wear safety belts. It is remarkable that the sexual behaviour, driving entertaining/motor vehicles and subtance (cigarette, alcohol, drugs/volatile substances) use rate of the majority of young people in high schools is really high. In this regard the importance of ensuring cooperation with school administrators in order to identify risky behaviours of the young, plan appropriate interventions and taking necessary measures is obvious.

Biography :

Selen Ozakar Akca has received her PhD degree from Istanbul University Institute of Health Science with the thesis entitled “Risk-Taking Behaviours of Adolescents and The Effect of Nursing Practice on Substance Abuse in Accordance With Model of Change in Adolescents” in 2013. She has been working in Hitit University Health School since 2008.