ERIC Number: ED396001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Scaling Health Risk Behaviors of College Students.
Moskal, Patsy D.; And Others
As an objective toward its mission of providing HIV-AIDS education, the Higher Education Consortium for AIDS Prevention surveyed students of Florida's State University System to determine their health risk behaviors. The instrument used, the "Health Risk Behavior Survey for University Students," was adapted for college students from one used by the Centers for Disease Control. The six behavior categories questioned were: (1) intentional and unintentional injuries; (2) tobacco use; (3) alcohol and drug use; (4) sexual behaviors; (5) dietary habits; and (6) physical activity or exercise. Approximately 2,000 surveys were mailed, of which 1,150 were completed (response rate of 57%). Of the responses, 685 were from females and 460 from males. Scales were derived for each category of risk. Results indicated that these six dimensions were indeed scalable. Such scaling permits the examination of the covariances and testing of a latent trait model that would help explain the interactions of this highly complex construct. (Contains 1 figure, 6 tables, and 73 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (DHHS/CDC), Atlanta, GA. Adolescent and School Health Div.
Authoring Institution: University of Central Florida, Orlando.
Identifiers: Florida State University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).