ERIC Number: ED253516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Selected Health Behaviors and Associated Psychological Variables among a Group of Middle-School Students.
James, Gordon B.
This study investigated the potential relationships between selected self-reported health behaviors of middle school students and interacting factors, including parents, family life, social networks, and society at large. Sixth grade students (n=103) responded to five survey instruments: (1) Standard Albuquerque Public Schools Health Knowledge Test; (2) Health Attitudes Measure; (3) General Locus of Control Scale; (4) Health Locus of Control Scale; and (5) Self-Evaluation Inventory. A discussion is presented on the results of each of the tests. In considering conclusions, it is suggested that while health educators should emphasize high knowledge gain in health education, combined with good decision making skills, their impact on actual student behavior is limited. Other mitigating circumstances have a high influence on students' health behaviors, including parental behavior, family structure, role modeling, religion, and economic level. Data from the study are appended. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (2nd, Jackson Hole, WY, October 4-6, 1984).