ERIC Number: EJ1110118
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Helmet Ownership and Use among Skateboarders: Utilisation of the Health Belief Model
Peachey, Andrew A.; Sutton, Debra L.; Cathorall, Michelle L.
Health Education Journal, v75 n5 p565-576 Aug 2016
Introduction: The purpose of this study was to determine the proportion of skateboarders who owned and who wore a helmet and which constructs from the Health Belief Model predicted helmet ownership and helmet use among undergraduate skateboarders. Methods: From March 2013 through March 2014, 83 skateboarders completed a helmet attitude and use survey. Results: Among participants, 47% owned a helmet while 18% wore a helmet on their most recent ride. Skateboarders who did not own a helmet were compared to skateboarders who owned a helmet but did not wear it and to skateboarders who wore a helmet. Positive trends for emotional benefits, friends and family cues to action and parental rules cues to action were observed. A negative trend for vanity and discomfort barriers was observed. Friends and family cues to action, parental rules cues to action and lower perceived danger were associated with helmet ownership. Friends and family cues to action were associated with helmet use. Conclusion: The findings are consistent with the thrill seeking culture of skateboarding. Implications for interventions to increase helmet use among undergraduate skateboarders are discussed.
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Safety Education, Recreational Activities, Head Injuries, Accident Prevention, Risk Management, Undergraduate Students, Student Surveys, Intervention, Likert Scales, Comparative Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Nonparametric Statistics, Multivariate Analysis, Regression (Statistics), Health Behavior, Health Promotion
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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