Health promoting behaviors among rural southern early adolescents.

C. S. Hendricks, C. Murdaugh, A. Tavakoli, D. L. Hendricks

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A central element in attaining the goals and objectives of Healthy People 2010 is promoting healthy behavior lifestyles. Health promotion continues to be sanctioned as the long term most cost effective approach to a reduction in preventable health problems. Adolescents are presently an age group in jeopardy of making the transition into adulthood with healthy lifestyles. This paper describes the use of the Health Promoting Lifestyle Profile (HPLP) (Walker, Sechrist, and Pender, 1987) as a measure of health promoting behaviors in a group of rural southern early adolescents (1036 seventh and eight graders; 81% were African American). The findings suggest that rural southern adolescents perceive themselves to be enganging in health promoting lifestyle behaviors. However, some HPLP subscales seemed to be especially difficult for adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-128
Number of pages6
JournalThe ABNF journal : official journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty in Higher Education, Inc
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2000
Externally publishedYes

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