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2012 Seminar Series

Title: ‘The association between risk-taking behaviours, peer influence and traumatic dental injuries among adolescents in Saudi Arabia’ 

Speaker: Mr Sultan Almalki

Date & Time: Friday 23rd November 1pm-2pm

Venue: G37 & G38


Injuries are among the leading causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide and constitute a major and growing public health problem. Traumatic dental injuries (TDIs) are one of the most common bodily injuries. International figures indicate a higher prevalence of TDIs among adolescents, which reflects the uniqueness of their stage of development that involves a considerable exposure and vulnerability to different behaviours and social challenges. However, most of the aetiological studies on TDIs focus on direct and biological risk factors and overlook underlying root determinants. The very few studies that have looked at these determinants are still limited both conceptually and methodologically. This research project is aiming at exploring this gap by assessing how certain behavioural and psychosocial determinants are associated with the prevalence rate of TDIs among adolescents, with a particular focus on the role of risk-taking behaviours and peer influence. The project will be carried out among adolescents aged 15–17 years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and will assess: 1) the prevalence of TDIs among this population, 2) the association between risk-taking behaviours and the prevalence rate of TDIs, 3) the association between peer influence and the prevalence rates of TDIs, and 4) whether the association between adolescents’ risk-taking behaviours and the prevalence rates of TDIs is modified by their peers’ influence.

Sultan graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from King Saud University (KSU) in Saudi Arabia. Following the BDS, Sultan joined the Academic staff in KSU and in Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz University. He was then awarded a scholarship to study for an MSc in Dental Public Health (UCL 2009-1010) and a further scholarship from SAU for his doctoral studies (2011-2013). Sultan is supervised by Dr Georgios Tsakos, Prof Richard Watt and Prof Aubrey Sheiham.

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