Risk Perception, Road Behavior, and Pedestrian Injury among Adolescent Students in Kathmandu, Nepal

Adolescents often demonstrate risky behaviors that might put them at risk for pedestrian injury. This study examines the relationship between the perceived safety of specified road behaviors, self-described road behaviors, and pedestrian injury among adolescent students in Kathmandu, Nepal. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 1557 adolescents in grades 6–8 across 14 schools in Kathmandu using a self-administered questionnaire. A multiple logistic regression analysis was used to analyze the data. Results showed adolescents were more likely to suffer from pedestrian injury when they reported that they did not wait for green signals to cross the road. There were no significant associations between pedestrian injury and road behaviors such as looking both ways before crossing or playing in the road or sidewalks. Adolescents who perceived it safe to cross the road from any point or did not perceive it to be safer to cross the road at a zebra crossing were less likely to look both ways or wait for green signals before crossing the road. Adolescents who perceived it to be safe to play in the road were more likely to play in the road or sidewalk. The study also showed a positive association between road safety education and adolescents’ road crossing behaviors. Since adolescent road behaviors, except for compliance with green signals, were not significantly associated with pedestrian injury, a behavioral approach without modification of the traffic environment might not effectively prevent the occurrence of pedestrian injury in developing countries such as Nepal.


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  • Accession Number: 01076445
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 2007 10:42PM