A Study on Health Status of Youth in Malaysia / Noor Ani Ahmad... [et al]

Ahmad, Noor Ani and Aris, Tahir and Mohd Salleh, Noridah and Ahmad, Norliza and Nik Abd Rashid, Nik Rubiah and Bukhary, Nor Izzaty and Muhammad Sapri, Noor Azlin and Mohamad Kasim, Noraida and Ishak, Ismahalil and Abd Razak, Nur Akmar and Muhamad, Norazlina (2010) A Study on Health Status of Youth in Malaysia / Noor Ani Ahmad... [et al]. [Research Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This study analyzed health screening of 22,840 youths, who were distributed equally by ethnicity and camp sessions. Based on the analysis, 21.6% of youths were underweight, 18.1% pre-obese and 10.3% obese, with 0.3% perceived having body image disorders. With regards to sexual and reproductive health issues, 39.6% admitted viewing pornographic materials, 28.5% practiced masturbation, 6.5% engaged in premarital sexual relationships, 5.5% had multiple partners and 1.6% had been involved in homosexual relationships. History of abortion was discovered by 0.5% of the respondents. Almost a quarter of the youths were smokers, while 8.7% had consumed alcohol and 1.4% admitted taking drugs. The study also revealed that 6.2% of respondents reported to have past involvement in bully and 14.1% in fight. About 7.1% of the respondents revealed they had been physically abused while 1.2% of them had been sexually abused. Mental health problems were noted in 27.5% of the youths, with depression in 9.8% of the youths, anxiety in 20.7% and suicidal ideation in 11.8%. Psycho-social problems such as substance use, antisocial behavior, physical/sexual abuse and mental health problems among youth are interrelated with common risk and protective factors. Management of psycho-social problems in youths should be holistic; looking into risk and protective factors. Programs and interventions should focus on strengthening of protective factors among youth such as family connectedness and religiosity.

Item Type: Research Report
Keywords: Health, youth, population, family, LPPKN, Malaysia
Subjects: 500 Natural Sciences and Mathemetics > 508 Natural history
Division/Agency/State: LPPKN - National Population and Family Development Board, Malaysia > Division of Reproductive Health
Deposited By: Mrs Nekmat Nily Waheeda
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2013 08:18
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2014 03:53
URI: http://familyrepository.lppkn.gov.my/id/eprint/352

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