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Adolescence. 1995 Summer;30(118):403-12.

Self-esteem and value of health as correlates of adolescent health behavior.

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  • 1Dpto. Psiologia Evolutiva y de la Educaci├│n, Facultad de Psicologia, Campus Universitario, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.


As part of a project aimed at developing an adolescent health education program, 100 subjects aged 12-13 and 16-17 years were studied to determine the possible relationship between self-esteem and value of health and positive health behavior. Self-esteem was measured with the Gordon Personal Profile (Gordon, 1978), and value of health with Costa et al.'s (Costa, Jessor, & Donovan, 1989) Value of Health Scale. Both factors were found to be significantly correlated with certain dimensions of health behavior in both groups of adolescents.

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