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Prevalence and Correlates of Serious Injuries among School Children in Bangalore

G. Balamurugan, M. Vijayarani

Abstract


Background: India is more privileged to have the status of youngest nation in the world with 356 million 10-24 year-olds. Injuries are becoming an increasing public health problem that affects development, decreases the quality of life, and increases the costs of health care. Methods: Multistage random sampling technique was used to collect the data. Total of 204 students studying 9th standard were consecutively selected as sample from three schools, where English was practiced as medium of instruction. Global School Health Survey (GSHS) tool was used to collect the data. Results: This study reports that the overall prevalence of self-reported serious injury among school going adolescents in the past 12 months was 37.25%.Conclusion: Report of serious injury was associated with history of having engaged in physical fighting, substance use or having been bully victimized.

 

Keywords: Prevalence; Serious injuries; school children; adolescent

 

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Balamurugan G, Vijayarani M. Prevalence and correlates of serious injuries among school children in Bangalore. Research & Reviews: Journal of Medicine. 2017; 7(3): 8–13p.


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