ERIC Number: EJ1118355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Health Behaviors of Culturally Diverse Inner-City Community College Students
Heller, Janet R.; Sarmiento, Ariel L.
Journal of American College Health, v64 n8 p651-663 2016
Objective: To determine the prevalence of risk behaviors related to cigarette use, alcohol use, nutrition, physical fitness, and sexual behavior. Participants: Participants were 1,075 students attending an urban community college during the Spring 2012 semester. Methods: Data were collected in randomly selected classes using the American College Health Association National College Health Assessment II (ACHA-NCHA II) paper survey and analyzed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 22 for frequencies and chi-square test of independence. Results: The sample population reported poor diet, low rates of physical activity, high rates of overweight/obesity, low rates of condom use for vaginal sex, multiple sexual partners, and unintentional pregnancy. Protective health behaviors included low rates of cigarette smoking and alcohol use, high rates of condoms use for anal sex, and high rates of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing. Conclusion: Students are at high risk for health problems related to poor diet, lack of exercise, and risky sexual behaviors. Additional research is recommended to determine the most effective intervention strategies.
Descriptors: Health Behavior, Student Diversity, Urban Schools, Cultural Differences, Community Colleges, Student Surveys, Student Behavior, Student Attitudes, Smoking, Alcohol Abuse, Nutrition, Physical Fitness, Sexuality, Gender Differences, Age Differences, Racial Differences, Ethnicity, Working Hours, Enrollment, Predictor Variables, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
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