Young people’s safety beliefs after a spinal cord injury health promotion and awareness presentation
DP Watling, JD Bishara, H Zeeman
Objective: Adolescence is presented as a vulnerable period for accidental injury, particularly spinal cord injury, given young people’s propensity for risky behaviours. School-based health promotion initiatives provide opportunities for education about the risks associated with dangerous behaviours. In this study, we aimed to describe young people’s safety beliefs before and after a school-based spinal cord health promotion and awareness presentation. The effect of selected demographic characteristics on safety beliefs was also examined.
Design: A pre–post design was used to record group and time point differences on a range of specific safety beliefs before and after the presen
Conclusion: Findings indicated that the health promotion and awareness presentation increased awareness of spinal cord injury risk behaviours overall and improved adolescent-related safety beliefs. Licensed adolescent boys from rural areas reported little change in awareness post-presentation, further highlighting the importance of targeted health promotion initiatives in rural areas. Extended research is required to further explore the belief–behaviour interaction in this at-risk population.