Learning Collaborative Measurement Case Studies
Case study

Palestinian youth health risk survey

Published by: The Learning Collaborative to Advance Normative Change

Organizations involved

RAND Corporation, Juzoor Foundation

Summary

The Palestinian Youth Health Risk Study (2018) investigates patterns of risk behaviors among Palestinian youth, their perceptions of the risks and benefits of such behaviors, and the relationship of exposure to violence with mental health and engagement in risk behaviors. It is the first study in the region to collect large scale, representative survey data from youth on key risk behaviors (smoking, alcohol and drug use, sexual activity, and interpersonal violence). The study implemented a representative survey of about 2,500 male and female youth age 15-24 living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Social norms of interest

Descriptive peer norms (perceived norms of behavior)

Behaviors of interest

Drug and alcohol use, smoking, sexual activity, interpersonal violence

Project components

Representative survey

Social norms measurement

Large-scale, representative survey of about 2,500 male and female youth age 15-24 living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem

Key findings to date

With the exceptions of tobacco use and interpersonal violence (fighting), youth engagement in health risk activities overall is relatively low, but substantially higher for male youth than female youth

While smoking is of particular concern, prevention outreach for all risk behaviors should be directed at subgroups and areas identified as high risk

Attribution statement

The preferred citation for this tool is: The RAND Corporation’s Palestinian Youth Health Risk Survey.

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