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Environmental influences on risk taking among Hong Kong young dance partygoers.

Attending rave parties or discos (hereafter In the future.

The term hereafter is always used to indicate a future time—to the exclusion of both the past and present—in legal documents, statutes, and other similar papers.
 referred to as "the dance party") has appeared to be a risk factor for drug abuse and other risky behavior by young people (Forsyth & Barnard, 1997). Attendance seems to expose them to influences of certain music and dancing, although they can also have recreational functions (Christenson & Roberts, 1998). While not all genres of music are problematic, those of heavy metal (Singer & Levine 1993), rap (Wingood et al., 2003), and rock (Benjamin, 1999; Kalof, 1999) are particularly notorious for inducing risk in young listeners. It is no surprise that, starting from the onset of the dance party in the late 1980s, it has had a close relationship with the abuse of ecstasy (an illicit psychotropic drug psychotropic drug Psychoactive drug Pharmacology A drug that affects brain activities associated with mental processes and behavior Categories Anti-psychotics; antidepressants; antianxiety drugs or anxiolytics; hypnotics. ) among partygoers. It has been theorized that engagement in a dance party can produce a trance-like state that stimulates one to take risks (Rietveld, 2004). However, since this view is not based on empirical investigation, research, such as the present study, is necessary to determine if and how the environmental factors of the dance party engender en·gen·der  
v. en·gen·dered, en·gen·der·ing, en·gen·ders
1. To bring into existence; give rise to: "Every cloud engenders not a storm" 
 risks for young partygoers.

Risks, in terms of the likelihood of drug abuse, coitus coitus /co·i·tus/ (ko´it-us) sexual connection per vaginam between male and´ital

coitus incomple´tus , coitus interrup´tus
, unprotected coitus, fighting, and high-speed driving, are the criterion variables of the study. Factors related to the dance party include the location (Hong Kong Hong Kong (hŏng kŏng), Mandarin Xianggang, special administrative region of China, formerly a British crown colony (2005 est. pop. 6,899,000), land area 422 sq mi (1,092 sq km), adjacent to Guangdong prov.  and Mainland China), fees, number of partners, dancers, police inspection, drug supply, drug sales, injuries, coitus, fighting, drug abuse, and environmental factors. The environmental factors are the availability of first aid, fire extinguishing, and drinking water drinking water

supply of water available to animals for drinking supplied via nipples, in troughs, dams, ponds and larger natural water sources; an insufficient supply leads to dehydration; it can be the source of infection, e.g. leptospirosis, salmonellosis, or of poisoning, e.g.
 facilities, light and audio effects, ventilation, drug circulation, underage admission, sex partners, fighting, and low-price beer.

Hypothesized Impacts of Factors Related to the Dance Party

A dance party in Mainland China is likely to entail more risk than one in Hong Kong for young partygoers from Hong Kong. Evidence has shown that young people who cross the border from Hong Kong to the mainland are particularly at risk for drug abuse (Lau, 2004). One major contributing factor is the lower price of illicit drugs. Since living standards living standards nplnivel msg de vida

living standards living nplniveau m de vie

living standards living npl
 on the mainland are lower than those in Hong Kong, drugs are cheaper on the mainland. (Becker, 1993; Farrington, 1996). In addition, there is the absence of control from significant others (Bruinsma, 1992; Crutchfield & Pitchford, 1997).

The higher the fee for attending a dance party, the higher the likelihood of risky behavior because there is likely to be more freedom and privacy for partygoers. Thus the partygoer is willing to pay a higher fee in the expectation of getting more in return (Griffiths, 1995).

When the number of persons who attend a dance party together is greater, the likelihood of involvement in risk taking is also greater due to peer influence (Tremblay et al., 2003). Involvement in risky behavior within a crowd is likely to be a result of the depersonalization depersonalization /de·per·son·al·iza·tion/ (de-per?sun-al-i-za´shun) alteration in the perception of self so that the usual sense of one's own reality is temporarily lost or changed; it may be a manifestation of a neurosis or another  and diffusion of responsibility Diffusion of responsibility is a social phenomenon which tends to occur in groups of people above a certain critical size when responsibility is not explicitly assigned.

Diffusion of responsibility can manifest itself:
 that takes place (Akers, 1998). Further, it is cost-effective to provide drugs and thus seduce se·duce  
tr.v. se·duced, se·duc·ing, se·duc·es
1. To lead away from duty, accepted principles, or proper conduct. See Synonyms at lure.

2. To induce to engage in sex.

 partygoers to take risks, such as gang fighting (Sato, 1988; Tomison, 2000).

Deterrence from police inspection supposedly serves to reduce partygoers' risk (Teevan & Dryburgh, 2000; van Aswegen, 2000). However, the availability of illicit drugs, either free-of-charge or at a lower price, is likely to facilitate risk taking (Golub & Johnson, 2002; Pentz & Li, 2002). Drugs are also available as prizes. Furthering the use is that selling illicit drugs can be a major source of income for risk-takers (Hagan & McCarthy 1997). The hallucinogenic hal·lu·ci·no·gen  
A substance that induces hallucination.

[hallucin(ation) + -gen.]

 or narcotic narcotic, any of a number of substances that have a depressant effect on the nervous system. The chief narcotic drugs are opium, its constituents morphine and codeine, and the morphine derivative heroin.

See also drug addiction and drug abuse.
 effect of drug use is also likely to be responsible for many other forms of risk taking (Bowman, 1998). Moreover, the partygoers are likely targets for induction into drug use (Okwunnabua & Duryea, 1998; Skiba et al., 2004).

Injury at the dance party is likely to result from risk taking in the partygoer. The violence that caused the injury would reinforce violence and other forms of risk taking through retaliation RETALIATION. The act by which a nation or individual treats another in the same manner that the latter has treated them. For example, if a nation should lay a very heavy tariff on American goods, the United States would be justified in return in laying heavy duties on the manufactures and  or other escalation (Hughes & Short, 2005; Lochman et al., 1991). Another important mechanism is the social learning effect (Akers, 1998); the presence of risky behavior would set an example to other partygoers. Further, coitus at the dance party could lead to additional coitus by others (DiMaggio et al., 2001; Hearold, 1986). Violence may stem from competition for the opportunity to engage in coitus--particularly in the case of rape (Malamath et al., 2000).

Hypothesized Impacts of Environmental Factors Related to the Dance Party

The presence of first aid facilities at the dance party would dampen the partygoer's passion for risk taking, since they symbolize the desire of the organizer to ensure safe conditions.

The presence of fire extinguishing and drinking water facilities would serve a similar function.

The availability of special lighting effects may be conducive to risk taking, since they have a stimulating effect (Calvert, 1999). One example is the use of such lighting to promote wagering in casinos. On the other hand, dim lighting may instigate To incite, stimulate, or induce into action; goad into an unlawful or bad action, such as a crime.

The term instigate is used synonymously with abet, which is the intentional encouragement or aid of another individual in committing a crime.
 risky behavior by introducing a sense of anonomity and undetectability. Dim lighting can also be conducive to sexual activity.

Both the sound and lyrics of the music at the dance party are likely to instigate risk-taking behavior among partygoers. Rock (Benjamin, 1999) rap (Wingood et al., 2003), and heavy metal (Singer & Levine, 1993) are good examples. In particular, it is the lyrics which explicitly encourage the listener to take risks (Verhagen et al., 2002); Christenson & Roberts, 1998; Miranda & Claes, 2004). Even many pop songs evoke sexual behavior sexual behavior A person's sexual practices–ie, whether he/she engages in heterosexual or homosexual activity. See Sex life, Sexual life.  (Christenson & Roberts, 1998). Young people are particularly susceptible to the influence of music (Janssen & Dechesne, 1999). Many pop songs that appeal to youngsters are alienating, violent, and sexually sensational (Ballard & Dodson, 1999). Young listeners are susceptible due to social learning (Christenson & Roberts, 1998); and the irony is that the more schools suppress what they consider harmful pop songs, the more intensely are youngsters attracted to those songs (Christenson & Roberts, 1988). The influence of music has been found to be a prominent influence at the dance party (St. John, 2004).

Ventilation is another risk factor. Research has shown the effect of temperature on aggression (Hipp et al., 2004; Rotton & Cohn, 2004). Accordingly, since temperature is an arousing factor, provoking aggression, taking risks is a way to escape the stress of heat. It follows that lowering the temperature, would reduce aggressiveness and the related risks.

The admission to a dance party of underage patrons, is an indication that the party sponsor is not concerned with safety regulations.

Availability of sex partners at the dance party increases partygoers' risks. For example, partygoers may engage in risky activities in order to please their sexual partners, and those partners may be the center of disputes among rivals. Further, all too often, violence is used to force sex on partners (Jarjoura, 1996).

The availability of low-price beer would also increase risk (Cutler et al., 2001; Barkin et al., 2001; Hawkins et al., 2002; Little & Rankin, 2001: Parker & Auerhaha 1998). One possibility of the positive effect of alcohol use on drug abuse is the use of drugs as a substitute for alcohol when it is unavailable (Helzer & Canino, 1992). Since the availability of beer may indicate permissiveness by sponsors of a dance party, there is a greater possibility of the availability of drugs as well--thus increasing the potential for risk taking.


Three hundred partygoers, aged 14 to 28 years, responded to a survey between September 2004 and March 2005. Their average age was 19.3 years (see Table 1). Nearly half (48.5%) of them responded to the survey which took place in the street. A substantial proportion (39.2%) of them responded to the survey at dance party venues, which relied on social workers' to solicit dance partygoers responses; 90% completed the survey.

Some notable background characteristics of the young people involved are as follows: 25.1% had divorced parents, 48.7% were employees, 26.2% were unemployed, and 48.0% were female (see Table 1).

The risks referred to in the survey were the likelihood of drug abuse, coitus, unprotected sex Unprotected sex refers to any act of sexual intercourse in which the participants use no form of barrier contraception. Sexually transmitted infections
Specifically, unprotected sex
, fighting, and high-speed driving expected to occur in the coming six months. A five-point rating scale was used to capture the likelihood from "none" (a score of 0) to "very likely" (a score of 100). Attendance at dance parties was determined by the number of times attended. The measures of experiences with the dance party were the number of times per visit. Environmental factors also entailed five-point rating scales. A score of 100 indicated that the measure was very likely to occur at a dance party and a score of 0 indicated that the measure was absent.

A linear regression Linear regression

A statistical technique for fitting a straight line to a set of data points.
 analysis of the data was performed to estimate the effects of related factors on risk, after controlling for all background characteristics. The first step was to analyze the effects of attending dance parties in Hong Kong as compared with Mainland China. The next step entered the specific experiences and environmental factors to be considered. As such, the introduction of specific factors would not interfere with the estimation of the impact of the general factors in the first step. Moreover, a stepwise stepwise

incremental; additional information is added at each step.

stepwise multiple regression
used when a large number of possible explanatory variables are available and there is difficulty interpreting the partial regression
 selection procedure embedded in the regression analysis In statistics, a mathematical method of modeling the relationships among three or more variables. It is used to predict the value of one variable given the values of the others. For example, a model might estimate sales based on age and gender.  served to screen significant factors related to drug abuse. This procedure was necessary due to the interrelationships among drug abuse factors--the abuse of one drug had a close relationship with the abuse of another drug. It therefore avoided the introduction of redundant drug abuse factors into the regression model.


The highest risk, among the five assessed, expected among dance partygoers was drug abuse (M = 49.8; see Table 2). This finding supports the association of the risk of drug abuse with attending dance parties (Forsyth & Barnard, 1997; Grob, 2000). On the other hand, variation among young people in the risk of drug abuse was quite large (SD = 30.0). Thus, young partygoers were not overly at risk for drug abuse. Next to drug abuse, coitus was relatively likely (M = 41.3). Nevertheless, unprotected sex was the least likely (M = 16.2). High-speed driving was also very unlikely (M = 16.8). Its variations among the risks was lowest (SD = 21.8. Fighting was somewhat unlikely (M = 28.1).

Frequency of attendance at dance parties in Hong Kong was high (mean times = 17.8 in the past three months (see Table 3). As such, the partygoer attended almost 1.3 times a week. In addition, the partygoer attended a dance party in Mainland China an average of 2.8 times in the past three months. Thus, cross-border party-going accounted for 13.6% of all the party attendance. The average entrance fee was HK$4.1, which is relatively inexpensive. Notably, 46.6% of partygoers, consisting of equal numbers of boys and girls boys and girls

, entered the dance party free of charge. Nevertheless, variation in the entrance fee was high (SD = 106.5). The numbers of partners and dancers at the average dance party were large (M = 4.1 & 94.9). Hence, the partygoer usually attended with many partners. Police inspection was the most likely experience (39.4%) at the dance party, among those under examination. However, experiences of drug availability (33.3%) and sales (35.8%) were roughly as likely as police inspection. Thus, the level of drug circulation was moderately high (M = 63.4. Worse than this, the abuse of illicit drugs such as ecstasy (M = 68.8%), ketamine ketamine /keta·mine/ (ke´tah-men) a rapid-acting general anesthetic, used as the hydrochloride salt.

 (M = 57.5%), marijuana (M = 34.7%), and the blue gremlin gremlin, in American folklore, malicious, airborne supernatural being. Gremlins were first heard of during World War II as creatures responsible for unexplainable mechanical failures and disruptions in aircraft.  (M = 28.0%) was common. Notably, 54.1% of the partygoers used ecstasy every time they attended a dance party and 9% used it at least once in two visits. Ecstasy abuse was obviously a regular feature of dance party attendance; even frequent police inspection does not eliminate availability and circulation. It also fails to eliminate fighting, the average level of which was (M = 49.5).

Among the environmental factors, audio effect was rated highest (M = 70.1), followed by lighting effect (M = 67.2). In contrast, first aid facilities (M = 24.7), low-price beer (M = 29.8), fire extinguishing facilities (M = 30.9), drinking water facilities (M = 35.6), and ventilation (M = 37.5) were at low levels. In addition, although underage admission (M = 44.3) and sex partners (M = 40.8) approached modest levels, they were not conspicuous features of the dance party. All the environmental factors showed substantial variation among partygoers (SD > 24).

Predicting Risk

Linear regression analysis that controlled for background factors showed that frequency of attendance at dance parties in Hong Kong and in Mainland China had no significant effect on the five risks. However, entrance fee showed a significant effect ([beta] = .134; see Table 4) on the risk of unprotected sex; the number of partners had a significant effect ([beta] = .098) on the risk of fighting; having someone offer illicit drugs free of chage had a significant effect ([beta] = .099) on the risk of high-speed driving; having drugs for sale generated a significant effect ([beta] = .098) on the risk of unprotected coitus; and having coitus had a significant effect on additional risks of coitus ([beta] = .130) and unprotected sex ([beta] = .162). Thus, all these experiences tended to raise the partygoer's risks in all aspects except the risk of drug abuse. On the other hand, experiences of police inspection, injury, and fighting did not show significant effects on the risks.

The regression analysis further revealed that special lighting effects tended to elevate the risk of coitus ([beta] = .146) Audio-sound effects tended to reduce the risk of coitus ([beta] = -.199) and unprotected sex ([beta] = -.283). Drug use tended to increase the risk of drug abuse ([beta] = .155). Admission of underage partygoers tended to result in a lower risk of drug abuse ([beta] = -.148) but a higher risk of unprotected sex ([beta] = .123) and high-speed driving ([beta] = .112). The presence of sex partners tended to increase the risk of drug abuse ([beta] = .172). The availability of low-priced beer tended to raise the risk of coitus ([beta] = .091) and unprotected sex ([beta] = .094). On the other hand, the presence of first-aid, fire extinguishing, drinking water facilities, and ventilation did not have a significant effect on risk taking.

Drug abuse had a significant effect on risk taking. An exception was the negative effect of the abuse of heroin ([beta] = -.124) and depressants ([beta] = -.121) on the risk of unprotected sex. Another exception was the absence of a drug abuse effect on the risk of coitus.


Results mostly lend support to the hypothesized effects of experiential and environmental factors on partygoers' risk taking. Mechanisms such as social learning, exchange, opportunity or lack of regulation may explain some of the impacts. Despite the findings supportive of the hypotheses, some factors related to the dance party did not generate significant effects opposite to those hypothesized. These factors include the times of attending the dance party, police inspection, fighting, facilities, audio-sound effect, ventilation, and underage admission. Another unexpected finding was the negative effect of drug abuse on the risk of unprotected sex.

It was found that frequency of attendance at dance parties in Hong Kong and Mainland China had no significant effect on risk taking. Since participants in the study had already been partygoers, the frequency of attending had no impact. However, the content related to experiences and environmental factors were relevant factors.

The most alarming finding was that police inspection had no significant deterrent effect on any of the risks. This echoes the finding that drug circulation and abuse were prevalent at the dance party, despite frequent police inspections. This finding is similar to that on the ineffectiveness of police in controlling gang activities in other countries (Baker et al., 1992). Collective crime and delinquency tend to be especially difficult to tackle. Conceivably, partygoers help each other evade police inspection. Also, partygoers may resist control as part of the rave culture (Wilson, 2002). They may even deliberately commit illegal acts as a way of showing defiance to police control.

Fighting at the dance party does not appear to lead to the risk of its occurrence along with other risks in the future. One reason is that fighting may result from situational factors rather than careful planning (Hughes & Short, 2005). Similarly, even the experience of injury failed to predict risk taking significantly.

Whereas lighting effects tend to foment fo·ment  
tr.v. fo·ment·ed, fo·ment·ing, fo·ments
1. To promote the growth of; incite.

2. To treat (the skin, for example) by fomentation.
 risks, audio effects seem to diminish the risks of coitus and unprotected sex. It would seem that enjoyment of the audio effects or music tends to be a substitute for sexual gratification, rather than a motivator. This explanation reflects the satiation sa·ti·a·tion
The state produced by having had a specific need, such as hunger or thirst, fulfilled.

 effect, which suggests that the satisfied person would not seek alternative sources of sensation (Akers, 1998).

The availability of first-aid, fire extinguishing, and drinking water facilities, and ventilation had no significant effect in diminishing the partygoers' risk taking even though they help negate ne·gate  
tr.v. ne·gat·ed, ne·gat·ing, ne·gates
1. To make ineffective or invalid; nullify.

2. To rule out; deny. See Synonyms at deny.

 the harm of risky activities.

The abuse of heroin or depressants appeared to reduce unprotected coitus, although the abuse of any drug did not significantly diminish the risk of coitus. Apparently, the drug abuser drug abuser nchi fa uso di droghe  enjoys protected sex pro·tect·ed sex
Sexual activity in which a condom or similar device is used to minimize the risk of pregnancy or of spreading or contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
, probably since he or she has already found ample gratification in drug abuse. Thus, the satiation effect would seem to apply. On the other hand, drug abuse can lead to the risks of fighting and high-speed driving. In this case, seems to whet the abuser's appetite for taking these types of risks.

Further Research

Additional research is necessary to extend and substantiate the present study, providing the specifics of the risk-taking behaviors. Further, it is important to determine what deviant acts ensue en·sue  
intr.v. en·sued, en·su·ing, en·sues
1. To follow as a consequence or result. See Synonyms at follow.

2. To take place subsequently.
 after the experience of dance partygoing. That behavior is valuable for examination especially since it may occur when it is not expected; much delinquent behavior is unplanned (Gottfredson & Hirschi 1990). In addition, this study can be extended by recruiting larger and more varied samples, using in-depth interviews to collect qualitative data.

Further research particularly needs to examine police inspection and other experiential and environmental factors more closely through evaluating the mediating mechanisms involved; collective action, accomplice accomplice: see accessory.  support, crowding, depersonalization, diffusion of responsibility, reaction to police control, and satiation. Thus it is important to find ways to make police inspection more effective.


Potential preventive education interventions should be explored. Many of the young dance partygoers interviewed showed interest in harm-reduction approaches to drug use and other risky behavior. Efforts are required to enhance existing strategies which target dance-party youth and help develop new organizations through private and public funding Public funding is money given from tax revenue or other governmental sources to an individual, organization, or entity. See also
  • Public funding of sports venues
  • Research funding
  • Funding body
. Human services professionals have a responsibility not only to prevent risk through primary prevention efforts, but to minimize harm caused by risky behavior among young dance partygoers.


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Steven Sek-yum Ngai, Associate Professor; Ngan-pun Ngai, Professor; Chau-kiu Cheung, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

This work is supported by the Direct Grant for Research of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Table 1: Means and standard deviations of background

Variable                               Scale       M         SD

Parents married                            %      70.2      45.8
Parents divorced                           %      25.1      43.4
Parents widowed                            %       4.7      21.3
No religious faith                         %      65.5      47.6
Protestant                                 %      12.8      33.5
Catholic                                   %       2.7      16.2
Buddhist                                   %      10.1      30.2
Daoist                                     %       1.4      11.6
Born in Bong Kong                          %      87.7      32.9
Born in Mainland China                     %       9.7      29.6
Born in another place                      %       2.7      16.1
Employee                                   %      48.7      50.1
Employer                                   %       2.0      14.1
Self-employed                              %       4.4      20.5
Not working                                %       1.0      10.0
Unemployed                                 %      26.2      44.0
Student                                    %      17.8      38.3
Father as an employee                      %      53.4      50.0
Father as an employer                      %      10.1      30.1
Father self-employed                       %      12.8      33.4
Father not working                         %       1.0      10.0
Father unemployed                          %       6.7      25.1
Father status unknown                      %      16.1      36.8
Mother as an employee                      %      54.9      49.8
Mother as an employer                      %       3.7      18.9
Mother self-employed                       %      11.4      31.9
Mother not working                         %      10.4      30.6
Mother unemployed                          %      10.4      30.6
Mother status unknown                      %       9.1      28.8
Cohabiting                                 %       9.9      29.9
Married                                    %       3.7      19.0
Unmarried                                  %      83.3      37.3
Divorced/separated                         %       2.0      14.2
Widowed                                    %       1.0      10.1
Interviewed at the party venue             %      39.2      48.9
Interviewed in the street                  %      48.5      50.1
Interviewed in the social center           %      12.3      32.9
Interviewed at home                        %       0.0       0.0
Interviewed at another site                %       0.0       0.0
Duration of residence in Hong Kong     years      18.4       4.3
Education                              0~100      41.8      18.0
Father education                       0~100      18.6      21.8
Mother education                       0~100      18.2      20.6
Income                                   HK$    5224.2    5444.1
Age                                    years      19.3       2.7
Female                                     %      48.0      50.0
Acquiescence                           0~100      45.7       7.4

Table 2: Means and standard deviations of risk

Variable            Scale       M        SD

Drug abuse          0-100      49.8     30.0
Coitus              0-100      41.3     27.4
Protected sex       0-100      61.1     33.8
Unprotected sex     0-100      16.2     21.8
Fighting            0-100      28.1     27.1
Speedy driving      0-100      16.8     25.1
Rave dancing        0-100      58.1     27.5

Table 3: Means and standard deviations of dancing party

Variable                                      Scale      M       SD

Attending in Hong Kong in the past 3 months   Times     17.8    28.7
Attending in Mainland in the past 3 months    Times      2.8     7.0
Fee (geometric mean)                            HK$      4.1    34.1
Partners (geometric mean)                     number     6.5     2.7
Dancers (geometric mean)                      number    94.9     7.1
Police inspection                                  %    39.4    35.8
Drug supply                                        %    33.3    37.6
Drug sales                                         %    35.8    40.2
Injury                                             %     2.8    13.6
Heroin                                             %     2.8    15.9
Marijuana                                          %    34.7    44.6
Solvent                                            %     3.1    17.2
Tranquillizer: librium                             %     8.1    26.0
Tranquillizer: blue gremlin                        %    28.0    42.4
Tranquillizer: cross                               %     9.2    28.0
Stimulant: ice                                     %    14.9    34.9
Stimulant: ecstasy                                 %    68.8    43.4
Stimulant: cocaine                                 %    10.2    29.4
Stimulant: amphetamine                             %     4.9    20.7
Depressant                                         %     4.7    20.5
Narcotic                                           %     5.4    21.7
Ketamine                                           %    61.5    44.9
Wine                                               %    57.5    47.5
Coitus                                             %     7.2    19.1
Fighting                                           %     5.2    18.4
First aid facilities                             100    24.7    24.7
Fire extinguishing facilities                    100    30.9    26.1
Drinking water facilities                      0-100    35.6    33.8
Lighting effect                                0-100    67.2    25.8
Audio effect                                     100    70.1    27.3
Ventilation                                    0-100    37.5    26.4
Drug circulation                               0-100    63.4    30.9
Underage admitted                                100    44.3    34.0
Sex partners                                   0-100    40.8    30.5
Fighting                                         100    49.5    32.3
Low-price beer                                 0-100    29.8    27.6

Table 4: Standardized regression coefficients of dance party
characteristics for predicting risk

          Predictor               Drug      Coitus     Unprotected
                                 abuse                     sex

Attending in Hong Kong           .084       .069        .044
Attending in Mainland            .078       .068        .020


Fee                             -.083       .044        .134 *
Partners                        -.021      -.008        .075
Dancers                         -.026       .088        .033
Police inspection               -.012      -.064       -.060
Drug supply                     -.010      -.033       -.043
Drug selling                     .027       .012        .098 (#)
Injury                          -.118       .005       -.044
Coitus                          -.050       .130 *      .162 *
Fighting                         .059       .014       -.010


First aid facilities            -.057      -.029       -.031
Fire extinguishing facilities   -.015       .008        .123
Drinking water facilities        .097      -.058        .016
Lighting effect                 -.157       .146 (#)    .123
Audio effect                    -.034      -.199 *     -.283 **
Ventilation                     -.053       .072        .070
Drug circulation                 .155 *    -.002        .043
Underage admitted               -.148 *    -.090        .123 (#)
Sex partners                     .172 **    .097       -.007
Fighting                        -.089      -.012       -.034
Low-price beer                  -.003       .091 (#)    .094 (#)

         Drug abuse

Heroin                                                 -.124*
Tranquillizer                    .112 *
Ecstasy                          .138 *
Depressant                                             -.121 *

[R.sup.2]                        .333       .037        .406

          Predictor             Fighting    Speedy

Attending in Hong Kong           .068      -.006
Attending in Mainland            .058       .077


Fee                              .020       .086
Partners                         .098 *    -.002
Dancers                         -.039      -.024
Police inspection               -.053       .012
Drug supply                      .069       .099 (#)
Drug selling                    -.050      -.026
Injury                          -.004       .094
Coitus                          -.004      -.011
Fighting                         .073      -.004


First aid facilities             .055      -.040
Fire extinguishing facilities   -.037       .070
Drinking water facilities        .045      -.029
Lighting effect                 -.008      -.075
Audio effect                    -.009       .086
Ventilation                      .006       .001
Drug circulation                -.058      -.095
Underage admitted               -.024       .112 (#)
Sex partners                    -.052      -.049
Fighting                         .067       .077
Low-price beer                   .014      -.005

         Drug abuse

Marijuana                        .102 *
Solvent                          .149 **    .184 **

[R.sup.2]                        .600       .272

*: p < .05; **: p < .01; ***: p < .001; #: p < .10
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