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J Health Dev 2016, 5(4): 313-323 Back to browse issues page
The Relationship between Loneliness and High-risk Behaviors among Adolescents of Bojnourd
Maryam Rahmani *, Vahid Qasemi, Ali Hashemeian Far
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Background: High-risk behaviors are increasing among adolescents, and consequently, risk and preventive factors have been highlighted and investigated. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between loneliness as a risk factor and high-risk behaviors among adolescents of Bojnourd, Iran.

Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 455 adolescents (aged 15-19 years) were selected based on the age and gender by using quota sampling method. Data were collected by using demographics checklist, high-risk behaviors checklist, and the SELSA-S loneliness Questionnaire. Finally, data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics like t-test, ANOVA, and Pearson’s correlation coefficient.

Results: The results show that there was a significant and direct relationship between the feeling of loneliness and high-risk behaviors (r=0.147, P=0.002). In addition, there was a significant and direct relationship between the feeling of loneliness and violence (r= 0.148, P= 0.002), suicide (r=0.278, P< 0.001), and drug abuse (r= 0.124, P= 0.008). High-risk behaviors was more common among male rather than female (P= 0.005).

Conclusion: This study show that there is a relationship between the feeling of loneliness especially loneliness in families and high-risk behaviors. Therefore, prevention programs for improving the relationships and interactions in families, can be very effective in preventing high-risk behaviors among adolescents.

Keywords: Loneliness, High Risk Behavior, Adolescence, Bojnourd
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2017/01/3 | Accepted: 2017/01/3 | Published: 2017/01/3
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Rahmani M, Qasemi V, Hashemeian Far A. The Relationship between Loneliness and High-risk Behaviors among Adolescents of Bojnourd . J Health Dev. 2016; 5 (4) :313-323
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