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Health attitudes and behaviors of African American adolescents

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dc.contributor Wichita State University. Department of Psychology en_US
dc.contributor.author Lewis-Moss, Rhonda K. en_US
dc.contributor.author Paschal, Angelia en_US
dc.contributor.author Redmond, Michelle L. en_US
dc.contributor.author Green, B. Lee en_US
dc.contributor.author Carmack, Chakema C. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-29T16:35:22Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-29T16:35:22Z
dc.date.issued 2008-10 en_US
dc.identifier 18473153 en_US
dc.identifier 7600747 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Journal of community health. 2008 Oct; 33(5): 351-6. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0094-5145 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10900-008-9101-0 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10057/4672
dc.description Click on the DOI link below to access the article (may not be free). en_US
dc.description.abstract African Americans continue to die disproportionately from chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Eating fruits and vegetables have been shown to reduce those risks yet little is known about the health attitudes of African American adolescents and their eating habits and engagement in physical activity. A survey was administered to African American adolescents in a Midwestern city to determine the health attitudes and behaviors related to dietary intake and physical activity. The total sample consisted of 448 African American adolescents aged 12-17. Forty-seven percent were males and 53% were females. The findings show that African American adolescents did have poor fruit and vegetable intake and fairly low rates of exercise. The study also showed there were statistically significant differences between males and females regarding eating a balanced diet, reducing the amount of fat in diets and engaging in physical activity. African American females were more likely to eat a balanced diet and have reduced the fat in their diets than males but African American males were more likely to engage in physical activity in the past 7 days than females. Findings suggest more efforts are needed to curb the poor eating and exercising habits of African American adolescents if a reduction in chronic disease is to be met for this population. en_US
dc.format.extent 351-6 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Springer New York LLC en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Community Health en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries J Community Health en_US
dc.source NLM en_US
dc.subject.mesh Adolescent en_US
dc.subject.mesh African Americans en_US
dc.subject.mesh Attitude to Health en_US
dc.subject.mesh Child en_US
dc.subject.mesh Female en_US
dc.subject.mesh Health Behavior en_US
dc.subject.mesh Health Surveys en_US
dc.subject.mesh Humans en_US
dc.subject.mesh Male en_US
dc.subject.mesh Risk Reduction Behavior en_US
dc.title Health attitudes and behaviors of African American adolescents en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.coverage.spacial United States en_US
dc.description.version peer reviewed en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright © 2008 Springer en_US

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