J Korean Acad Fundam Nurs.  2005 Dec;12(3):413-420.

A Study on Health Risk Behaviors in Adolescents

Affiliations
  • 1College of Nursing Science, Ewha Womans University.
  • 2Research Institute of Nursing Science, Ewha Womans University. hy59@snu.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study is to identify health risk behaviors in adolescents according to grade in school and to offer basic data to develop a health promotion for adolescents. METHODS: A descriptive survey design was used and the SPSS 12.0 program was used for the data analysis, which included Chi-square test and Spearman correlation coefficients. The instrument for this study was based on the 1999 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. RESULTS: The results indicate that adolescent have an average of 2 risk behaviors out of 10 health risk behaviors categories. There are various types of risk behaviors, which are different for each grade, such as physical fights, using alcohol, using heroin, weight control, and the lack of AIDS education. Physical fights, and the lack of AIDS education are common in the 9th grade, using alcohol, heroin, and weight control are common in the 11th grade. Physical fights were correlated with using cigarettes and sexual intercourses. Using alcohol was correlated with using cigarettes, heroin, sexual intercourses and weight controls. Using heroin was correlated with sexual intercourse and weight control. CONCLUSION: For the promotion of health in adolescents, different approaches to health education and prevention of health risk are needed for each grade because the health risk behaviors differ between grades.

Keyword

Health behaviors; Adolescent

MeSH Terms

Adolescent*
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Coitus
Education
Health Behavior
Health Education
Health Promotion
Heroin
Humans
Risk-Taking*
Statistics as Topic
Tobacco Products
Heroin
Full Text Links
  • JKAFN
Actions
Cited
CITED
export Copy
Close
Share
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
Similar articles
    DB Error: unknown error