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J Am Coll Health. 2009 Mar-Apr;57(5):477-88. doi: 10.3200/JACH.57.5.477-488.

American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment Spring 2008 Reference Group Data Report (abridged): the American College Health Association.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Assessing and understanding the health needs and capacities of college students is paramount to creating healthy campus communities. The American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) is a survey that ACHA developed in 1998 to assist institutions of higher education in achieving this goal. The ACHA-NCHA contains approximately 300 questions assessing student health status and health problems, risk and protective behaviors, and impediments to academic performance.

PARTICIPANTS:

The spring 2008 reference group includes ACHA-NCHA data from 80,121 students at 106 institutions of higher education.

METHODS:

Officials at participating institutions administered the ACHA-NCHA to all students, randomly selected students, or students in randomly selected classrooms. ACHA collected data between January and May 2008.

RESULTS:

Results from the spring 2008 reference group (N=80,121) are presented.

CONCLUSIONS:

These data expand the understanding of the health needs and capacities of college students.

PMID:
19254888
DOI:
10.3200/JACH.57.5.477-488
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