The purpose of this paper is to investigate how and why Saudi Arabian students engage in specific health risk behaviours (HRBs), and if there are gender differences.
In order to find out the situation regarding university students in Saudi Arabia, quantitative data were collected by administering questionnaires to 722 respondents, and qualitative data were collected using a series of interviews with 17 students.
The findings of this mixed methods sequential explanatory study suggest that lifestyle and personal factors, as well as economic, social, policy and other aspects of the environment played a significant role in influencing students’ HRBs. Recommendations for mitigating HRBs among these students and other youth in the Saudi Arabian context are provided.
This paper addresses an important gap in the research on HRBs among university students from the perspectives of students.
Alshehri, S.Z., Byrne, J. and Grace, M. (2019), "Saudi Arabian university students’ perceptions of health risk behaviours", Health Education, Vol. 119 No. 4, pp. 291-308. https://doi.org/10.1108/HE-12-2018-0066
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