Socio-demographic and behavioural characteristics of illegal motorcycle street racers in Malaysia

Wong , L.P. (2011) Socio-demographic and behavioural characteristics of illegal motorcycle street racers in Malaysia. BMC Public Health.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: This study sought to understand the factors associated with street racing among the illegal motorcycle racers in Malaysia or known as the "Mat Rempit". METHODS: Street outreach interviewer-administered surveys were conducted from June 2008 to January 2009 in this multi-state study. RESULTS: A total of 2022 participants were surveyed, the mean ± SD age of the participants was 20.5 ± 3.4 years (age range: 12 to 35 years). Mean duration of street racing was 2.65(SD ± 1.77) years (range: 2 months to 12 years), with 50.1% and 35.8% reporting stunt riding and alcohol drinking while racing, respectively. With regard to risk behaviours, cigarette smoking was highly prevalent among the study participants (78.3%), followed by alcohol drinking (27.8%) and recreational drug use (18.8%). Participants scored high on the masculinity scale (15.7 ± 4.0 out of 21.0). The results of the logistic regression analysis showed that socio-demographic variables, risk behaviour and masculinity scores were associated with racing frequency. CONCLUSION: Given these associations, tailoring family-centered interventions to the needs of the lower socio-economic groups and interventions recognizing the negative consequences of health risk behaviours related to street racing as an expression of traditional masculinity should be emphasized.

Item Type: Article
Creators:
  1. Wong , L.P.(University Malaya)
Journal or Publication Title: BMC Public Health
Additional Information: Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social and Preventive Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2011 10:53
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2013 16:41
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/1903

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