Adolescent Risk-Taking: Project Plan & Methods

The goal was to use Canadian specific data from the most recent cycle of the Health Behaviour of School-Aged Children Survey, conducted in 2009/2010, to report nationally representative adolescent health data in order to raise awareness of related injury issues, and to support critical evidence-based actions to prevent injuries in this population.

The objectives were:

  1. To profile the magnitude and scope of the injury problem among young people in Canada.
  2. To describe common patterns of injury in populations of young people across Canada.
  3. To examine determinants of injury in young people, considered at both the individual student and also contextual (home, school, peer group and neighbourhood) levels.
  4. To apply major report findings to national recommendations for the prevention of injury to young Canadians.

Research methods included:

  1. Conducting a planning meeting with identified partners from Queen’s University, HBSC Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada to develop a focus and broad framework for the national youth injury report.
  2. Conducting a planning meeting with the CIHR Team in Child and Youth Injury Prevention to develop a detailed outline and plan and formally establish editorial teams for the report.
  3. Completion of all data analyses associated with the report.
    • Conducting descriptive analyses for each chapter, conducting etiological (contextual risk factor) analyses.
  4. Drafting and finalizing report.
    • Preparation of summary figures and tables for each chapter, both descriptive and etiological (as applicable).
    • Preparation of draft text for each chapter.
    • Preparation of draft executive summary.
    • Conduction of a modified Delphi process with expert stakeholders to develop recommendations.
    • Creation of unformatted version of report.
    • Completion and review of draft report.
    • Preparation of formatted draft report, in electronic and hardcopy form.
    • Completion of refined version of the report with graphic design and layout, and delivery of refined draft for comment to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
    • Confirmation of final version of report.
    • Translation into French.
  5. Establishment of formal dissemination strategy for the report.

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