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ERIC Number: EJ1006432
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0002-4805
Post-Secondary Students' Views on Health: Support for Individual and Social Health Determinants
Shyleyko, Robert; Godley, Jenny
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v58 n4 p547-564 Win 2012
This paper examines how post-secondary students understand health, and whether opinions about health are correlated with area of study. We present results from an online survey administered in 2011 to 287 students at one post-secondary institution in Western Canada. Overall, the survey students are more likely to adopt an individualistic, rather than a social, view of health determinants. Several demographic variables, including sex and political affiliation are associated with adopting a more individualistic view of health. However, students in the Health Sciences are significantly more likely to support the social determinants of health perspective. These results suggest that medical and health science educators at this post-secondary institution may be heeding the century-old call to address social structural causes of health inequalities in their curricula.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada