Trends of alcohol use, dietary behaviour, interpersonal violence, mental health, oral and hand hygiene behaviour among adolescents in Lebanon: cross-sectional national school surveys from 2005, 2011 and 2017 [post]

Pengpid Pengpid, Karl Peltzer
2020 unpublished
Background This investigation aimed to report the trends in the prevalence of various health risk behaviours among adolescents in Lebanon.Methods Cross-sectional nationally representative data were analysed from 13,109 adolescents (14 years median age) that participated in three waves (2005, 2011 and 2017) of the "Lebanon Global School-Based Student Health Survey (GSHS)".Results Significant improvements were found among both boys and girls in the decline of interpersonal violence (bulling
more » ... ence (bulling victimization, being physically attack and involvement in physical fighting), poor washing of hands after using the toilet, and among girls only suicidal ideation and suicide plan. Significant increases were found among both boys and girls in the prevalence of inadequate fruit consumption, unintentional injury and among boys only poor washing of hands prior to eating and among girls only having no close friends and school truancy.Conclusion Several decreases but also increases of health risk behaviours were found over three assessment points during a period of 12 years calling for continued health enhancing activities in this adolescent population.
doi:10.21203/ fatcat:j2kzqsecnzcklbipoq6n53bdiq