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Prevalence of health behaviors and their associated factors among a sample of university students in India

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dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-14 en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-04T14:39:36Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-04T14:39:36Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/2540
dc.description.abstract With the advancements in knowledge about health promotion, public health professionals have been seeking determinants of personal health behaviors. The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of health risk behaviors and its associated factors in a sample of Kyrgyz university students. Methods: In a cross-sectional survey, health risk behaviors among a sample of randomly selected university students were assessed. The sample included 837 university students from health sciences undergraduate courses of the State Medical Academy in Kyrgyzstan. The students were 358 (42.8%) males and 479 (57.2%) females in the age range of 18-29 years (Median age = 21.3 years, SD = 1.5). Results: On average, students engaged in 9.4 (SD = 2.3) out of 23 health risk behavior practices (range, 3-18). Generally, there was a high rate of insufficient fruit and vegetable intake (86.4%), eating red meat at least once a day (62%), usually adding salt to meals (78.3%), skipping breakfast (50.5%), current tobacco use (49.7%) and two or more sexual partners in the past 12 months (46.1%) among men, and never using a condom with a primary partner in the past 3 months (90.9%) among women. Furthermore, 60.8% of the women were physically inactive. In bivariate analysis among men, the lack of perceived benefits was associated with health risk behavior. In multivariate analysis among women, poorer family background, being Russian, high personal constraints or stress, and better subjective health were associated with the health risk behavior index. Students had a high proportion of health risk behavior practices. Several high health risk practices were identified, including poor dietary behavior, physical inactivity, sexual risk behavior, and tobacco use. Gender specific predictors identified included sociodemographic characteristics and social and health variables, which can be utilized in health promotion programs. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject INDIA en
dc.subject HEALTH en
dc.subject RISK BEHAVIOUR en
dc.title Prevalence of health behaviors and their associated factors among a sample of university students in India en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.Volume December en
dc.BudgetYear 2013/14 en
dc.ResearchGroup HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB en
dc.SourceTitle International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health en
dc.ArchiveNumber 8116 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 6821 en
dc.bibliographictitle Peltzer, K., Pengpid, S. & Mohan, K. (2013) Prevalence of health behaviors and their associated factors among a sample of university students in India. <i>International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health</i>. December:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2013 en
dc.contributor.author1 Peltzer, K. en
dc.contributor.author2 Pengpid, S. en
dc.contributor.author3 Mohan, K. en

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