- Project summary
- 23 October 2019
Palestinian youth health risk survey
- Published by: The Learning Collaborative to Advance Normative Change
RAND Corporation, Juzoor Foundation
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
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
The preferred citation for this tool is: The RAND Corporation’s Palestinian Youth Health Risk Survey.