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Am J Health Behav. 2009 Jan-Feb;33(1):69-79.

Adolescent health behavior, contentment in school, and academic achievement.

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Reykjavik University, Centre for Social Research and Analysis, School of Health and Education, Reykjavik, Iceland. alfgeir@ru.is

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To examine the association between health behavior indicators, school contentment, and academic achievement.

METHODS:

Structural equation modeling with 5810 adolescents.

RESULTS:

Our model explained 36% of the variance in academic achievement and 24% in school contentment. BMI and sedentary lifestyle were negatively related to school contentment and academic achievement, but physical activity was positively related to school contentment and academic achievement (P < .01). School contentment was strongly related to academic achievement but only a weak mediator of the health behavior indicators.

CONCLUSION:

Findings may inform the efforts to improve academic achievement and the general health status of youth.

PMID:
18844522
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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