Mise en œuvre d’un modèle d’éducation en santé axé sur l’intervention des pairs aux Émirats arabes unis: Lutter contre les comportements à risque des adolescents expatriés

Translated title of the contribution: Implementation of a peer-mediated health education model in the United Arab Emirates: Addressing risky behaviours among expatriate adolescents

Zachary D. Stanley, Leena W. Asfour, Michael Weitzman, Scott Sherman

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Tobacco use among young people is increasing in the United Arab Emirates, and the country is ranked 15th in the world for prevalence of type II diabetes. Expatriates comprise a majority of the population, making them an important subset to study. We aimed to test whether an educational intervention would be effective in this cultural setting. We designed 2 peer-to-peer health workshops: tobacco use and nutrition/physical activity. One workshop was randomly assigned to 18 classrooms in private schools in Abu Dhabi. Surveys were administered before and after the workshops to assess intervention effectiveness. The tobacco workshop significantly improved responses (P < 0.05). The nutrition and physical activity workshop resulted in decreased satisfaction with personal activity levels. This study provides evidence to support the national adoption of a peer-to-peer health education model as an intervention for tobacco use but not for nutrition and physical activity choices.

Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)480-485
Number of pages6
JournalEastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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