ERIC Number: EJ1133454
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Cardiovascular Risk Factors among College Students: Knowledge, Perception, and Risk Assessment
Tran, Dieu-My T.; Zimmerman, Lani M.; Kupzyk, Kevin A.; Shurmur, Scott W.; Pullen, Carol H.; Yates, Bernice C.
Journal of American College Health, v65 n3 p158-167 2017
Objective: To assess college students' knowledge and perception of cardiovascular risk factors and to screen for their cardiovascular risks. Participants: The final sample that responded to recruitment consisted of 158 college students from a midwestern university. Methods: A cross-sectional, descriptive study was performed using convenience sampling. Results: College students were knowledgeable about cardiovascular risk factors but did not perceive themselves at risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Knowledge of cardiovascular risk factors was correlated with the lifetime risk estimates (? = 0.17, p = 0.048), and perception of cardiovascular risk was positively associated with 30-year CVD risk estimates (? = 0.16, p = 0.048). More than 50% of the participants had 1 or more cardiovascular risk factors. Conclusions: High knowledge level of cardiovascular risk factors was not sufficient to lower cardiovascular risks within this study population, but changing perception of cardiovascular risk factors may play a bigger role in reducing long-term cardiovascular risks.
Descriptors: College Students, Risk Assessment, Knowledge Level, Human Body, Risk, Student Attitudes, Metabolism, Heart Disorders, Questionnaires, Predictor Variables, Health Education, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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