Asian Nurs Res.  2020 Aug;14(3):165-172. 10.1016/j.anr.2020.07.002.

Determinants of Protective Behaviors Against Endocrine Disruptors in Young Korean Women

  • 1College of Nursing, Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • 2College of Nursing, Mo-Im Kim Nursing Research Institute, Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • 3College of Nursing, Institute of Nursing Science, Ajou University, Suwon, Republic of Korea
  • 4Department of Nursing, Wonju College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Wonju, Republic of Korea


A convenience-oriented lifestyle in young people is accompanied by greater consumption ofand exposure to endocrine disruptors, which can affect reproductive health, especially in women. Weaimed to identify factors that influence protective behaviors against endocrine disruptors among femalecollege students in South Korea.
Using a cross-sectional survey design, we recruited 199 female college students. A selfadministeredquestionnaire was used, and data were collected at the site.
A healthy lifestyle, information utilization, receiving peer advice on avoiding exposure toendocrine disruptors, and a history of environmental illnesses were found to be significant factors,explaining 42.0% of the variance in protective behaviors against endocrine disruptors.
Health consequences of environmental hazards and importance of maintaining a healthylifestyle need to be emphasized in young women's healthcare. Health professionals should advocate forand empower women to protect themselves against endocrine disruptors.


behavior; endocrine disruptors; women
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