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International Journal of Population Research
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 629159, 7 pages
Research Article

Unintentional Injuries among School-Aged Children in Palestine: Findings from the National Study of Palestinian Schoolchildren (HBSC-WBG2006)

1Department of Social Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Crete, P.O. Box 2208, 71003 Iraklion, Crete, Greece
2The Al-Quds Nutrition and Health Research Center, Al-Quds University, P.O. Box 20760, Jerusalem, Palestine
3Faculty of Medicine, Al-Quds University, P.O. Box 51000, Jerusalem, Palestine
4Faculty of Medicine, An-Najah National University, P.O. Box 7, Nablus, West Bank, Palestine
5Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Centre, Tufts University, 711 Washington street, Boston, MA 02111, USA

Received 26 September 2012; Accepted 19 February 2013

Academic Editor: Sally Guttmacher

Copyright © 2013 Christine Jildeh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Purpose. This study describes the nonfatal injuries among adolescents in Palestine. Methods. The 2006 Palestinian Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) is a cross-sectional survey. Students of grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 completed a modified version of the international HBSC questionnaire, resulting in 15,963 students (47.3% boys and 52.7% girls) included in this study (56.9% from the West Bank and 43.1% from Gaza). Results. Of the total 15,963 adolescents, 47.6% were injured, with boys (53.5%) being statistically higher than girls (42.1%) ( ). The prevalence of those injured more than once decreased by age and was also found significantly higher in boys than in girls (27.3% and 17.9%, resp.) ( ). Children living in low FAS families showed significantly lower ratios of injuries than those living in moderate and high FAS families ( ). Injuries while biking were significantly higher among boys (46.3%) than girls (41.7%) ( ), and injuries while walking/running were more prevalent among girls (32.5%) than boys (28.0%) ( ). Conclusion. Despite these considerably high rates, injury remains relatively underappreciated. Results of this study are useful to develop a national injury prevention program aimed at enhancing the safety of Palestinian adolescents.