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Article: Cross-border truck drivers in Hong Kong: Their psychological health, sexual dysfunctions and sexual risk behaviors

TitleCross-border truck drivers in Hong Kong: Their psychological health, sexual dysfunctions and sexual risk behaviors
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KeywordsReferences (26) View In Table Layout
Issue Date2007
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=1195-1982
Citation
Journal Of Travel Medicine, 2007, v. 14 n. 1, p. 20-30 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground. Due to their job nature, cross-border truck drivers working between Hong Kong and China are exposed to many health risks. The aim of this study was to find out the impact of their occupation on their psychological health and sexual dysfunction and to assess their sexual risk behaviors. Methods. A cross-sectional survey of 193 male cross-border truck drivers was conducted in 2004 using a 47-item multifaceted questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, chi-square tests, and odds ratio (OR). Results. One third of the respondents (31.2%) experienced crashes (road traffic accidents), and those who had "driving and drinking" were much more likely to have experienced accidents [OR 4.7, 95% confidence interval (CI) 2.3-9.4]. About 14.5 and 25.9% of respondents reported feeling depressed and anxious, respectively, while 24.1% reported sexual dysfunction. They were strongly related to smoking (OR 2.8, 95% CI 1.4-5.7) and drinking habits (OR 2.3, 95% CI 1.2-4.5), which was common in this group of men: about half of them had smoking (53.1%) and drinking habits (45.3%). Over half (51.0%) admitted risky sexual behaviors. Those engaged in these behaviors were more likely to feel depressed (OR 7.4, 95% CI 2.4-22.4) and be worried about contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) (OR 5.3, 95% CI 2.7-10.3) or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (OR 3.8, 95% CI 2.0-7.3). Conclusion. The problems of poor psychological health, sexual dysfunction, and sexual risk behaviors are common among cross-border truck drivers in Hong Kong. These problems are also found to be interrelated. Community programs to promote psychological health and proper sexual values, reduce smoking and drinking, and educate on STIs/HIV are urgently needed. © 2007 International Society of Travel Medicine.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/132435
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.868
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.946
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dc.contributor.authorWong, WCWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorTam, SMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLeung, PWSen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2011-03-28T09:24:35Z-
dc.date.available2011-03-28T09:24:35Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Travel Medicine, 2007, v. 14 n. 1, p. 20-30en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1195-1982en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/132435-
dc.description.abstractBackground. Due to their job nature, cross-border truck drivers working between Hong Kong and China are exposed to many health risks. The aim of this study was to find out the impact of their occupation on their psychological health and sexual dysfunction and to assess their sexual risk behaviors. Methods. A cross-sectional survey of 193 male cross-border truck drivers was conducted in 2004 using a 47-item multifaceted questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, chi-square tests, and odds ratio (OR). Results. One third of the respondents (31.2%) experienced crashes (road traffic accidents), and those who had "driving and drinking" were much more likely to have experienced accidents [OR 4.7, 95% confidence interval (CI) 2.3-9.4]. About 14.5 and 25.9% of respondents reported feeling depressed and anxious, respectively, while 24.1% reported sexual dysfunction. They were strongly related to smoking (OR 2.8, 95% CI 1.4-5.7) and drinking habits (OR 2.3, 95% CI 1.2-4.5), which was common in this group of men: about half of them had smoking (53.1%) and drinking habits (45.3%). Over half (51.0%) admitted risky sexual behaviors. Those engaged in these behaviors were more likely to feel depressed (OR 7.4, 95% CI 2.4-22.4) and be worried about contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) (OR 5.3, 95% CI 2.7-10.3) or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (OR 3.8, 95% CI 2.0-7.3). Conclusion. The problems of poor psychological health, sexual dysfunction, and sexual risk behaviors are common among cross-border truck drivers in Hong Kong. These problems are also found to be interrelated. Community programs to promote psychological health and proper sexual values, reduce smoking and drinking, and educate on STIs/HIV are urgently needed. © 2007 International Society of Travel Medicine.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=1195-1982en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Travel Medicineen_HK
dc.subjectReferences (26) View In Table Layouten_US
dc.titleCross-border truck drivers in Hong Kong: Their psychological health, sexual dysfunctions and sexual risk behaviorsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailWong, WCW:wongwcw@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.authorityWong, WCW=rp01457en_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1708-8305.2006.00085.xen_HK
dc.identifier.pmid17241250en_HK
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dc.relation.referenceshttp://www.scopus.com/mlt/select.url?eid=2-s2.0-33846301038&selection=ref&src=s&origin=recordpageen_HK
dc.identifier.volume14en_HK
dc.identifier.issue1en_HK
dc.identifier.spage20en_HK
dc.identifier.epage30en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_HK
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridWong, WCW=25230779000en_HK
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridTam, SM=7202036982en_HK
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridLeung, PWS=15769574300en_HK

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