International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 3, Issue 5, Part F (2017)
Assessment of high risk status among adolescents
Adolescent is the transition period from childhood to adulthood. Currently the world’s adolescent population is around 1.2 billion and 87% of these adolescents live in developing countries. Adolescent risky behavior often results from their inadequate knowledge and lack of understanding of the risks involved.
Aim: The aim of the study was to find out the risk status of adolescents.
Materials and Methods: Descriptive survey design was used. By using non probability purposive sampling technique 158 students studying from 9th to 12th standard were selected.
Results: Most of the students (73%) were in the age group of 14- 16 years. Regarding behavioural risk factors, nearly half of the students (53%) had poor eating habits, 29 % of students had lack physical activity, a few students (6%) had engaged in violent behaviour. 59% of the students were in the category of moderate risk. BMI percentile was used to classify the physiological risk status. It was found that majority (68%) were in the healthy weight category. Only 5% & 3% were in the category of overweight and obesity respectively.
Conclusion: High risk behaviours can significantly impact the lives of the adolescents and those around them. Hence it is essential to modify the behavior and the factors that increase their likelihood to abate or prevent these risks.
How to cite this article:
Jeyanthi Shanmugam K, Dr. K Reddemma, P Sathya. Assessment of high risk status among adolescents. Int J Appl Res 2017;3(5):372-375.